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[mis-spent] /mɪsˈspɛnt/
simple past tense and past participle of misspend.
spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted:
misspent youth.


[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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  • Pierre lives over again in swift review years of a misspent past.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • My time during the last three years will not have been misspent.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • They talked, a little soberly, of thrift, and of their misspent years.


    Christopher Morley
  • I am in hopes, when you shall have read them, you will not think I have misspent your money for them.

  • Had I the right to let her marry him when there lay behind him those misspent years?

  • I never pass that way now without thanking God for a misspent youth.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • I misspent my youth, and used to get the chaps to do my exercises.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • With this sad story of a misspent and miserable life we have no more to do here.

    Her Season in Bath Emma Marshall
  • He remembered his misspent permission, and the thought of it nauseated him.


    Ellen Newbold La Motte
British Dictionary definitions for misspent


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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