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mishear

[ mis-heer ]
/ mɪsˈhɪər /
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verb (used with object), mis·heard, mis·hear·ing.
to hear incorrectly or imperfectly: to mishear a remark.
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Origin of mishear

before 1000; Middle English misheren,Old English mishīeran.See mis-1, hear
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How to use mishear in a sentence

  • 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
  • But down there—there speaketh everything, there is everything misheard.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 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 mishear

mishear
/ (ˌmɪsˈhɪə) /

verb -hears, -hearing or -heard
to fail to hear correctly
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