Overheard



[oh-ver-heer] /ˌoʊ vərˈhɪər/

verb (used with object), overheard, overhearing.
1.
to (speech or a speaker) without the speaker’s intention or knowledge:
I accidentally overheard what they were saying.
/ˌəʊvəˈhɪə/
verb -hears, -hearing, -heard
1.
(transitive) to hear (a person, remark, etc) without the knowledge of the speaker
v.

“to hear what one is not meant to hear,” 1540s, from over- + hear. The notion is perhaps “to hear beyond the intended range of the voice.” Old English oferhieran also meant “to not listen, to disregard, disobey” (cf. overlook for negative force of over; also Middle High German überhaeren, Middle Dutch overhoren in same sense). Related: Overheard; overhearing.

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Over-more

    [oh-ver-muhch] /ˈoʊ vərˈmʌtʃ/ adjective, noun, adverb 1. too : He didn’t show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch. [men-ee] /ˈmɛn i/ adjective, more, most. 1. constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people. 2. noting each one of a large number (usually followed by a or an): For many a day […]

  • Overmuch

    [oh-ver-muhch] /ˈoʊ vərˈmʌtʃ/ adjective, noun, adverb 1. too : He didn’t show overmuch concern. We tried not to regret it overmuch. /ˌəʊvəˈmʌtʃ/ adverb, adjective 1. too much; very much noun 2. an excessive amount adj. “too great in amount,” c.1300, over- + much (q.v.). As an adverb from late 14c. Old English had cognate ofermicel.



  • Over my dead body

    interjection An expression of refusal, denial, or rejection; not happening: Over my dead body will she live with us (1936+) In no way, under no circumstances, as in Over my dead body will you drop out of high school. This hyperbolic expression is often used jokingly. [ Early 1800s ]

  • Overnice

    [nahys] /naɪs/ adjective, nicer, nicest. 1. pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit. 2. amiably pleasant; kind: They are always nice to strangers. 3. characterized by, showing, or requiring great accuracy, precision, skill, tact, care, or delicacy: nice workmanship; a nice shot; a nice handling of a crisis. 4. showing or indicating very small differences; minutely […]



Disclaimer: Overheard definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.