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[mis-bi-heyv-yer] /ˌmɪs bɪˈheɪv yər/
improper, inappropriate, or bad behavior.
Also, especially British, misbehaviour.
Origin of misbehavior
First recorded in 1480-90; mis-1 + behavior Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After what she had said about his misbehavior, the reader will guess what made me say this.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • To create a forfeiture, his misbehavior must be gross and aggravated.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The misbehavior of Germany is no excuse for rebuking the liberty of France.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • To be honest, I had hardly thought about my misbehavior since then.

    Brenda's Ward Helen Leah Reed
  • Katharine, moreover, was unable to decide what she thought of Cyril's misbehavior.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • Then, in a flash, she remembered that she had still to tell her about Cyril's misbehavior.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • The fact that we were Australians was held to be accountable for our misbehavior.

Word Origin and History for misbehavior

also misbehaviour, late 15c., from mis- (1) + behavior.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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