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verb (used with object), mis·spent, mis·spend·ing.
  1. to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.

Origin of misspend

1350–1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend
Related formsmis·spend·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for misspend

Historical Examples

  • 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 or -spent
  1. to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Formsmisspender, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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