verb (used with object), mis·heard, mis·hear·ing.

to hear incorrectly or imperfectly: to mishear a remark.

Origin of mishear

before 1000; Middle English misheren, Old English mishīeran. See mis-1, hear
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British Dictionary definitions for mishear


verb -hears, -hearing or -heard

to fail to hear correctly
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Word Origin and History for mishear

Old English mishieran, mishyran "to disobey;" see mis- (1) + hear. Sense of "to hear incorrectly" first recorded early 13c. Related: Misheard; mishearing.

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