Definition of mishear in US English:



[with object]
  • Fail to hear (a person or their words) correctly.

    ‘she must have misheard him’
    no object ‘for a moment, he thought he had misheard’
    • ‘‘Repeat,’ he demanded, sounding as if he thought he had misheard her.’
    • ‘Did your reporter mishear the word ‘delighted’?’
    • ‘Well, I misheard you when you announced the appearances.’
    • ‘I am perfectly prepared to concede that I might have misheard her, and that instead of saying ‘each’, she said ‘six’.’
    • ‘I believe that you just asked me to be your wife but… I must surely have misheard you.’
    • ‘I'm sure I misheard the doctor, and will see if a few teaspoons of milky cereal make a difference.’
    • ‘I wondered if he'd misheard me and decided that he'd probably noticed another table open up or a stool at the bar had become available.’
    • ‘I just want to make sure that I'm not mishearing you, or maybe you misspoke.’
    • ‘He accepted the compliment, but I realized that he had misheard me.’
    • ‘When the platter arrived, we wondered if they had misheard us and brought three servings.’
    • ‘She wasn't sure if it had been the kick to the head or if she had just misheard him, but suddenly the baron looked entirely too pleased to see her.’
    • ‘He must have misheard me, because he looked at me with dumb uncomprehending love.’
    • ‘No, you must have misheard me… I didn't say I couldn't read, I said I didn't like to.’
    • ‘When asked why he had told the police otherwise, he said: ‘They must've misheard me’.’
    • ‘Thinking he had misheard Joseph, he let his eyes close again.’
    • ‘At first, I was certain I had misheard him, so I didn't say anything.’
    • ‘Maybe I misheard the member, but I think she said the rate of gang apprehensions had increased by over 30 percent.’
    • ‘I mishear him and think he's asking if we have a room to rent, and say no.’
    • ‘Slowly, she turned her head back towards the boy, sure that she had misheard him.’
    • ‘Samantha at first thought she had misheard him.’
    fail to hear, fail to take in, misunderstand
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