overhear

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *overheren, from Old English oferhīeran (to overhear, hear, disobey, disregard, neglect), equivalent to over- +‎ hear. Cognate with Dutch overhoren (to hear, hear about), German überhören (to not hear, ignore), Danish overhøre (to overhear), Icelandic yfirheyra (to hear).

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overhear (third-person singular simple present overhears, present participle overhearing, simple past and past participle overheard)

  1. To hear something that wasn't meant for one's ears.

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