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[ mis-bi-heyv ]

verb (used without object)

, mis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing.
  1. to behave badly or improperly:

    The children misbehaved during our visit.

verb (used with object)

, mis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing.
  1. to conduct (oneself ) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards:

    Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.


/ ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə; ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv /


  1. to behave (oneself) badly

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Derived Forms

  • misbehaviour, noun
  • ˌmisbeˈhaver, noun

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Other Words From

  • misbe·haver noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of misbehave1

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

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Example Sentences

If a student’s grades slip or they misbehave, they can lose tens of thousands of dollars of their scholarship.

As anyone over the age of, say, 8 should know, other children misbehaving doesn’t give you the green light to misbehave yourself.

So next time your child misbehaves, think of Elizabeth Tegumiar and simply walk away.

From Time

If Facebook misbehaved, the trust would retract the company’s access to its members’ data.

In the case of GameStop, both the cynics and sentimentalists have been misbehaving.

From Fortune

The discussion of race in the league just serves to distract from why players misbehave.

He is, you sense, trying not to misbehave, while remaining human and not becoming a Royal cyborg.

And yet it is the privilege of the prince and the sultan to misbehave.

A boy might be excused for that so long as he didn't misbehave.

To allow the child to misbehave without instantly making it unpleasantly conscious of the fact would be to spoil it.

But my dear, you don't meant to say that all bachelor clergymen misbehave themselves.

But if servants misbehave themselves, or leave their places, not being regularly discharged, they ought to be amerced or punished.

If he does not misbehave and keeps out of a lawsuit, he rarely comes in contact with his rulers.


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