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[mis-spend] /mɪsˈspɛnd/
verb (used with object), misspent, misspending.
to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.
Origin of misspend
1350-1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend
Related forms
misspender, noun Unabridged
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  • He was forced to the conclusion that he had done nothing else throughout his life but misspend his time.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for misspend


verb -spends, -spending, -spent
to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Forms
misspender, noun
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Word Origin and History for misspend

also mis-spend, "to spend amiss or wastefully," late 14c.; see mis- (1) + spend. Related: Misspent, frequently coupled with youth; misspending.

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