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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
Related forms
mislayer, noun Unabridged
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  • Peacock says she wrote good letters, but apparently interested people had sagacity enough to mislay them in time.

    In Defense of Harriet Shelley Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • If you can make him mislay his compass he will never come back to you.'

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • I don't lose mine much, but gee whiz, I mislay it sometimes.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Just mislay the wig and keep out of Georgie's way till the curtain goes up.

  • Don't you forgit to make a note of it; here's her check, an' we've kep' the number in case you should mislay it or anything.

    The Life of Nancy Sarah Orne Jewett
  • If you forget the chief clerk, he will mislay your petition, or poison his masters ear.

    Gatherings From Spain Richard Ford
  • They have been known to mislay letters, and then to be ready to swear that they had been mailed.

  • If I knew anything 'bout a four-mile stake race, I'd try to mislay the name of it.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • But he sped but ill, dwelling alone, inasmuch as he would forget to eat and drink and mislay or lose his hardly won wage.

  • He instructed Mrs. Petty, however, on no account to destroy or mislay any journal, but to keep them in a pile in his study.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for mislay


verb (transitive) -lays, -laying, -laid
to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is
to lay (something) badly
Derived Forms
mislayer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mislay

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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