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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Examples from the Web for misheard

Historical Examples of misheard

  • Mother of God, to think I may have misheard, and a man died for nothing!

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • You must have misheard or misunderstood me if you thought so.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope

  • Again, it may be that Sir Everard misheard or misunderstood Garnet, that his memory failed him, or even that he lied.

    The Life of a Conspirator

    Thomas Longueville

British Dictionary definitions for misheard


verb -hears, -hearing or -heard

to fail to hear correctly
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Word Origin and History for misheard



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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