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[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin of misgiving
First recorded in 1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation.
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[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
to be apprehensive.
First recorded in 1505-15; mis-1 + give Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for misgiving
Historical Examples
  • I have a misgiving that there is something dark at work here, Tom.

  • I have kept everything together, from a misgiving that an hour would come.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • I went to your house with a good deal of misgiving, Mr. Paine.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I doubt if either of them entertained a misgiving as to what must be the issue.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • When this misgiving passed, it was succeeded by something of the nature of regret.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • Half in misgiving, half in wantonness, she turned aside and hid in the ditch.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • She had simply marched in without a shadow of misgiving to make me back her up.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • He asks if any of them has any doubt or misgiving as to the Buddha, or the truth, or the faith, or the way.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • In the whole assembly there is not one who has any doubt or misgiving.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • "No, I don't think he did that, Cornelia," said the mother with some misgiving.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for misgiving


(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt


verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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Word Origin and History for misgiving

c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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