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[mis-pruh-nouns] /ˌmɪs prəˈnaʊns/
verb (used with or without object), mispronounced, mispronouncing.
to pronounce incorrectly.
Origin of mispronounce
First recorded in 1585-95; mis-1 + pronounce
Related forms
mispronouncer, noun
[mis-pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mispronunciation
Historical Examples
  • An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This is the present mispronunciation of Jacques prevalent in Warwickshire.

    The Shakespearean Myth Appleton Morgan
  • She could not even trouble herself about Granny's mispronunciation just then.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • mispronunciation, of course, is not the only mannerism of speech that may be availed of.

    The Technique of Fiction Writing Robert Saunders Dowst
  • Their patience and eagerness in trying to correct a mispronunciation were touching.

  • Such a mispronunciation as this I reproduce, for it has its significance as a revelation of character.

  • Impossible to rectify your mispronunciation without a substantial increase of the original sum of the bargain.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • Some consternation was caused on our arrival at the hotel at Bayonne by the mispronunciation of one of my travelling companions.

  • By “error” is meant the omission, substitution, transposition, or mispronunciation of one word.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • We could all see that the mispronunciation of the name had misled the judge as to the identity of the defendant.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for mispronunciation


to pronounce (a word) wrongly
Derived Forms
mispronunciation (ˌmɪsprəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mispronunciation

1520s; see mis- (1) + pronunciation.



1590s, from mis- (1) + pronounce. Related: Mispronounced; mispronouncing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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