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

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Why, then, does he miscall the King, and eat the King's bread?

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • 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
  • Their souls are like their bodies, hidden by the rags, foul with the dirt of what we miscall civilisation.

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

  • No end of people whose skins are dull and characterless modifications of the tint which we miscall white.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • 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
  • Yet the man they miscall ghazi sought but the key to Khinjan Caves, with no thought at all about Heaven!

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

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • 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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