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[mis-kawl] /mɪsˈkɔl/
verb (used with object)
to call by a wrong name.
Origin of miscall
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mis-1, call
Related forms
miscaller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for miscall
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  • The Materialists (or Naturalists, as they miscall themselves) believe that death is the end of life.

  • Why, then, does he miscall the King, and eat the King's bread?

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • Read and spell aright all the words and syllables in the visitation, and miscall neither letter nor syllable in it.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • But thar--he's the best man that ever was, when he's here, and I have no wish to miscall him.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • We miscall it 'lust,' cruelly libelling those to whom we ascribe it, and introduce absolute disorder.

  • I'm not writing for those parties who miscall themselves critics, and I don't care to have them paw the book at all.

  • I know every shade and tint of that blessed thing they miscall the tender passion.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Tell him,” said the girl with her eyes still closed, “to not miscall things; no one is all virtue.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Their souls are like their bodies, hidden by the rags, foul with the dirt of what we miscall civilisation.

  • They read more slowly, more often misplace the emphasis, and miscall more words.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for miscall


verb (transitive)
to call by the wrong name
(dialect) to abuse or malign
Derived Forms
miscaller, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for miscall

mid-15c., from mis- (1) + call (v.). Related: Miscalled; miscalling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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