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[mis-fit for 1; mis-fit, mis-fit for 2; mis-fit for 3] /mɪsˈfɪt for 1; mɪsˈfɪt, ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 2; ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 3/
verb (used with or without object), misfitted, misfitting.
to fit badly.
something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
a person who is not suited or is unable to adjust to the circumstances of his or her particular situation:
a misfit in one's job.
Origin of misfit
First recorded in 1815-25; mis-1 + fit1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But he is a misfit in any vocation which deals wholly with concrete things.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Their misfit coats were heavy with melted snow and turned up at the collars.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • We had lost so much weight that our clothes were all a misfit and we needed a new supply.

    Ball's Bluff Charles Lawrence Peirson
  • But I ask you: if we get on a ship, you can keep it from shooting the misfit ships?

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His flesh had shrunk until his clothes hung upon him in misfit.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for misfit


noun (ˈmɪsˌfɪt)
a person not suited in behaviour or attitude to a particular social environment
something that does not fit or fits badly
verb (intransitive) (ˌmɪsˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting, -fitted
to fail to fit or be fitted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misfit

1823, "garment which does not fit the person for whom it was intended;" see mis- (1) + fit (n.1). Meaning "person who does not fit his environment" is attested from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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