transitive verb-·heard′, -·hear′ing
verbo·ver·heard, o·ver·hear·ing, o·ver·hears
(third-person singular simple present overhears, present participle overhearing, simple past and past participle overheard)
- To hear something that wasn't meant for one's ears.
From Middle English *overheren, from Old English oferhÄ«eran (“to overhear, hear, disobey, disregard, neglect"), equivalent to over- +"Ž hear. Cognate with Dutch overhoren (“to hear, hear about"), German Ã¼berhÃ¶ren (“to not hear, ignore"), Danish overhÃ¸re (“to overhear"), Icelandic yfirheyra (“to hear").