[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used without object)
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
(archaic) to listen to (something)
Old English heorcnunge “harkening, listening, power of hearing” (see hearken).
Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of hark; from Proto-Germanic *hausjan (see hear). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology; hearken likely is from influence of hear.
[hurn] /hɜrn/ noun 1. Lafcadio [laf-kad-ee-oh] /læfˈkæd iˌoʊ/ (Show IPA), (“Koizumi Yakumo”) 1850–1904, U.S. journalist, novelist, and essayist, born in Greece; Japanese citizen after 1894.
[heer-sey] /ˈhɪərˌseɪ/ noun 1. unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one’s direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay. 2. an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay. adjective 3. of, relating to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report. /ˈhɪəˌseɪ/ noun […]
noun, Law. 1. testimony based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on direct personal knowledge or experience. noun 1. (law) evidence based on what has been reported to a witness by others rather than what he has himself observed or experienced (not generally admissible as evidence)
noun, Law. 1. the rule making hearsay evidence inadmissible.