a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
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Origin of mis-1
Middle English; Old English mis(se)-; cognate with German miss-, Gothic missa- (see miss1;); often replacing Middle English mes- < Old French < West Germanic *mis(s)-
Definition for mis- (2 of 2)
variant of miso- before some vowels: misanthrope.
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British Dictionary definitions for mis- (1 of 2)
wrong, bad, or erroneous; wrongly, badly, or erroneouslymisunderstanding; misfortune; misspelling; mistreat; mislead
lack of; notmistrust
Word Origin for mis-
Old English mis (se) -; related to Middle English mes-, from Old French mes-; compare Old High German missa-, Old Norse mis-
British Dictionary definitions for mis- (2 of 2)
a variant of miso-
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