misbehave

[ mis-bi-heyv ]
/ ˌmɪs bɪˈheɪv /

verb (used without object), mis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing.

to behave badly or improperly: The children misbehaved during our visit.

verb (used with object), mis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing.

to conduct (oneself) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards: Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.

Nearby words

  1. misarrange,
  2. misattribution,
  3. misbecome,
  4. misbefall,
  5. misbegotten,
  6. misbehavior,
  7. misbelief,
  8. misbelieve,
  9. misbetide,
  10. misborn

Origin of misbehave

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at mis-1, behave

Related formsmis·be·hav·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for misbehave

misbehave

/ (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv) /

verb

to behave (oneself) badly
Derived Formsmisbehaver, nounmisbehaviour (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə), noun

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Word Origin and History for misbehave

misbehave

v.

"conduct oneself improperly," late 15c.; see mis- (1) + behave. Related: Misbehaved; misbehaving.

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