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Definition of "mishear" [mis•hear]

  • To hear wrongly; misunderstand. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mishear" in a sentence
  • "a type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct."
  • "Your suggestions of "mishear" (if that's a word) or "unintentionally misrepresents" don't work because both of them presuppose a particular understanding of Professor Dawkins's mental state in making his erroneous characterization of Konner — precisely what he wants to avoid."
  • "They either mishear or choose not to hear criticism, he said."