From Middle English misheren, from Old English mishȳran, mishīeran (“to hear amiss, not listen to, disobey”), equivalent to mis- + hear.
mishear (third-person singular simple present mishears, present participle mishearing, simple past and past participle misheard)
- (transitive, intransitive) To hear wrongly.
- I misheard when she asked for mints, and gave her mince instead.
- To misunderstand. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
to hear wrongly
to understand wrongly
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Translations to be checked
- mishear in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- mishear in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913