[ 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.

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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/ (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv) /


to behave (oneself) badly

Derived Formsmisbehaver, nounmisbehaviour (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə), noun
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