DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Definition for MIS (2 of 3)
a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
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 (3 of 3)
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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Medical definitions for MIS (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for MIS (2 of 2)
Bad; badly; wrong; wrongly:misdiagnosis.
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