Share this entry

American English: /ˌoʊvərˈhɪr/
British English: /əʊvəˈhɪə/

Translation of overhear in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle -heard

  • (por casualidad)
    I overheard her talking about me
    la oí hablar de mí
    Example sentences
    • Children will hear conversations and overhear information on radio, TV and from the playground network.
    • The researchers will also note every time they hear or overhear the words being used in conversation.
    • We ended our snack (better described as lunch) with a large pot of Chinese tea, overhearing snatches of conversation from a neighbouring table.

intransitive verb

  • excuse me, but I couldn't help overhearing
    perdone, pero no pude evitar escuchar lo que decía ( or dijo etc)

Definition of overhear in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day coiffeur
    Pronunciation: kwäˈfər
    a hairdresser
    Cultural fact of the day


    In Spain, a geographical, social, and culturally homogeneous region, with a clear natural or administrative demarcation is called a comarca. Comarcas are normally smaller than regiones. They are often famous for some reason, for example Ampurdán (Catalonia) for its wines, or La Mancha (Castile) for its cheeses.