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[mis-spel-ing] /mɪsˈspɛl ɪŋ/
the act of spelling incorrectly:
Note his misspelling of that word.
an incorrectly spelled word:
You have three misspellings in your letter.
Origin of misspelling
First recorded in 1685-95; mis-1 + spelling


[mis-spel] /mɪsˈspɛl/
verb (used with or without object), misspelled or misspelt, misspelling.
to spell incorrectly.
First recorded in 1645-55; mis-1 + spell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He failed with the public until he took up the trick of misspelling his words.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The teacher's ear was so trained and acute that he at once detected any misspelling.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Or maybe the map maker had made a mistake by misspelling the name.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Except for those changes noted below, misspelling by the authors, inconsistent or archaic usage, has been retained.

  • misspelling in quoted matter (journal entries, correspondence, etc.) is preserved as printed.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • Further, as noted at the beginning, all misspelling in quoted matter is likewise preserved as printed.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • I cannot find any information respecting Bullord, but it is very improbable that this name was merely a misspelling of Ballard.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
  • Doubtfire is a misspelling of Dout-fire, from the dialect dout, to extinguish (do out), formed like don and doff.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • How scrupulously timid he would be of misspelling the gentleman's name, or misplacing an accent over it!

British Dictionary definitions for misspelling


a wrong spelling


verb -spells, -spelling, -spelt, -spelled
to spell (a word or words) wrongly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misspelling



1650s, from mis- (1) + spell (v.). Related: Misspelled; misspelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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