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[mis-ley] /mɪsˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), mislaid, mislaying.
to lose temporarily; misplace:
He mislaid his keys.
to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly:
to mislay linoleum.
Origin of mislay
First recorded in 1350-1400, mislay is from the Middle English word mysse layen. See mis-1, lay1
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mislayer, noun Unabridged
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  • It will be understood that the money was found, had been mislaid; I'll think that out.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He always said he couldn't finish it; he had mislaid the plan.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • There was one this morning, for instance, which you might very easily have mislaid.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Fens, like deserts, are large things very apt to be mislaid.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Some letter has been mislaid, or some messenger has been stopped upon the way.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The house was shut up, and the caretaker had mislaid her address.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • She brought her appetite with her, all right, even if she had mislaid her suit case.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • He had mislaid his bridle, and when he found it he fumbled unaccountably.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for mislaid


verb (transitive) -lays, -laying, -laid
to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is
to lay (something) badly
Derived Forms
mislayer, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislaid



c.1400, from mis- (1) + lay (v.). Related: Mislaid; mislaying.

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