If he had expected any display from his hearer he must have been disappointed.
He paused, evidently expecting his hearer to make some comment.
He waved his thin white hand in completion of a suggestion which made his hearer bridle her stout person.
And the joy is redoubled when this same song is wafted back to him as hearer.
It was evident that he was both impressed and certain of impressing his hearer.
To hear as that captive heard, the hearer must have hope, and a kingdom,—if only in dreams.
O that its light may shine into the heart and the conscience of every hearer!
When they are uttered, the hearer at once knows what kind of objects are to be spoken of.
What he said of the human sacrifices especially interested his hearer.
To interpret that secret fully, the hearer must be a mathematician.
Old English heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (West Saxon) "to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge," from Proto-Germanic *hauzjan (cf. Old Norse heyra, Old Frisian hora, Dutch horen, German hören, Gothic hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous- "to hear" (see acoustic). The shift from *-z- to -r- is a regular feature in some Germanic languages.
For spelling, see see head (n.); spelling distinction between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Old English also had the excellent adjective hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," literally "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1680s) was originally imperative, used as an exclamation to call attention to a speaker's words; now a general cheer of approval. Originally it was hear him!
v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
To perceive (sound) by the ear.