verb (used with object), o·ver·heard, o·ver·hear·ing.
Examples from the Web for overheard
“All these questions from journalists,” he said, in a voice that was just loud enough to be overheard.
They would speak up, but in tones still soft and placid; and Spahn often overheard them describing him as a “beautiful person.”
A few days later, I overheard someone say a person they knew had "lost the battle" against cancer.
At that point, a sphere lit up, resembling the landing of the UFO in E.T., and the overheard lights descended on the stage.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.|David Masciotra|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was also a report that the soldiers had overheard talk on the radio of an American looking for the Taliban.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl|Michael Daly|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bee felt sorry that Nelson had overheard what she had said, though indeed there was no harm in it.Rosy|Mrs. Molesworth
You are welcome to remain as long as the storm lasts, answered Professor Jeffer, who overheard the remark.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
An engineer was with him and while they were at luncheon I overheard them discussing your water-right.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
As I was led away, I overheard some comments that were passed upon me.Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
Sybil overheard the words, and guessed that the poor creature applied them to the cup.The Pagan's Cup|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for overheard
verb -hears, -hearing or -heard
Word Origin and History for overheard
"to hear what one is not meant to hear," 1540s, from over- + hear. The notion is perhaps "to hear beyond the intended range of the voice." Old English oferhieran also meant "to not listen, to disregard, disobey" (cf. overlook for negative force of over; also Middle High German überhaeren, Middle Dutch overhoren in same sense). Related: Overheard; overhearing.