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[mis-spel] /mɪsˈspɛl/
verb (used with or without object), misspelled or misspelt, misspelling.
to spell incorrectly.
Origin of misspell
First recorded in 1645-55; mis-1 + spell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The misspelt name had been the subject of many a laugh between them.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Kenmure is misspelt "Kenmuir" in the edition of 1825, but corrected in the next.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • How could she forget it so as not to be reminded of it by a misspelt version?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • To mispronounce a word because it is misspelt is only indirectly an error of orthoepy.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • This great man was always unlucky; after his death even his name was misspelt.

  • As is often the case, the message was misspelt, and barely decipherable, and one part of it puzzled Tomlinson a good deal.

    When a Man's Single J. M. Barrie
  • If mathematicians had had more Greek, perhaps the misspelt form ‘hypothenuse’ would not have survived so long.

  • I believe I have misspelt the word, and ought to have written Alum; that aside, tis a humorous pun!

  • But once in a while among the misspelt, poorly written scrawls, there would be a throbbing story of life.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • We have also spright, impregnable, and other misspelt words, for which it is difficult to assign a reason.

British Dictionary definitions for misspelt


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 misspelt



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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