- the syllable used for the third tone of a diatonic scale.
- (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone E.Compare sol-fa(def 1).
Origin of mi
- a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
Origin of mis-1
- variant of miso- before some vowels: misanthrope.
Examples from the Web for mis
His (mis)reading of the Megilla power dialectic meant tragedy for all.Purim Perils: His View Is His Own
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 18, 2013
It can be opened randomly and read with equal (mis)understanding.Book Bag: What Sherman Alexie Is Reading
October 9, 2012
For instance, French wines will sport the term Mis en Bouteille au Domaine or Mis en Bouteille au Château.How Wine Became Like Fast Food
November 3, 2009
So no more at present, and I hope dear mis'ess it won't kill you to hear on it.Weighed and Wanting
Mis' Eben Smith's got eight young ones down with the whoopin'-cough.Tiverton Tales
When she done that, Mis' Maddox alles hed to take a back seat.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Mis' Pegrum's house ain't but a stone's throw from yourn, is it?The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
Then she says: 'Did it have a mis'ble day in hateful old class-room?In a Little Town
- Military Intelligence
- wrong, bad, or erroneous; wrongly, badly, or erroneouslymisunderstanding; misfortune; misspelling; mistreat; mislead
- lack of; notmistrust
- a variant of miso-
- music (in tonic sol-fa) the third degree of any major scale; mediant
Word Origin and History for mis
prefix meaning "bad, wrong," from Old English mis-, from Proto-Germanic *missa- "divergent, astray" (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon mis-, Middle Dutch misse-, Old High German missa-, German miß-, Old Norse mis-, Gothic missa-), perhaps literally "in a changed manner," and with a root sense of "difference, change" (cf. Gothic misso "mutually"), and thus from PIE *mit-to-, from root *mei- "to change" (see mutable); cf. Watkins.
Others [Barnhart] see in Proto-Germanic *missa- the stem of an ancient past participle, related to Old English missan "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)), which is from the same PIE root.
Productive as word-forming element in Old English (e.g. mislæran "to give bad advice, teach amiss"). In 14c.-16c. in a few verbs its sense began to be felt as "unfavorably" and was used as an intensive prefix with verbs already expressing negative feeling (e.g. misdoubt). Practically a separate word in Old and early Middle English (and often written as such). Old English also had an adjective (mislic "diverse, unlike, various") and an adverb (mislice "in various directions, wrongly, astray") derived from it, corresponding to German misslich (adj.).
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