Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[mis-bi-heyv] /ˌmɪs bɪˈheɪv/
verb (used without object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
to behave badly or improperly:
The children misbehaved during our visit.
verb (used with object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
to conduct (oneself) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards:
Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.
Origin of misbehave
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at mis-1, behave
Related forms
misbehaver, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for misbehave
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Granted that they wished to misbehave, it was pleasant for them to be able to do so.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • And if you try to hook it, or misbehave anyways, you get put in solitary.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • He urged me to do likewise, to misbehave, to sin with officers of the garrison.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • When their ichor is up, they misbehave as we do when our blood is up, during the fury of war.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • On land it's bad enough for us to misbehave; but submarine sentiment!

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • He discovered that when his mother or father was in the room she was terrified lest he should misbehave.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • But he was not drunk,—not as yet so drunk as to misbehave himself openly.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • If you misbehave as you go through the country I shall be held to blame and I shall be to blame.

    Captain Sam

    George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for misbehave


to behave (oneself) badly
Derived Forms
misbehaver, noun
misbehaviour (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə) noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for misbehave

"conduct oneself improperly," late 15c.; see mis- (1) + behave. Related: Misbehaved; misbehaving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for misbehave

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for misbehave

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for misbehave