[ mis-kawl ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to call by a wrong name.

Origin of miscall

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mis-1, call

Other words from miscall

  • mis·call·er, noun

Words Nearby miscall

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How to use miscall in a sentence

  • Local guides miscall it a palace, but in reality it is a very humble edifice; not at all palatial.

  • I'm not writing for those parties who miscall themselves critics, and I don't care to have them paw the book at all.

  • Why, then, does he miscall the King, and eat the King's bread?

    Judith Shakespeare | William Black
  • They miscall us Le Marchants behind our backs, but honest smuggling's sweet compared with that kind of work.

    Carette of Sark | John Oxenham
  • But that this man should miscall me and beat me for the pure frenzy of his mind, causelessly, and for the love of blows!

    The Fifth Queen | Ford Madox Ford

British Dictionary definitions for miscall


/ (ˌmɪsˈkɔːl) /

  1. to call by the wrong name

  2. dialect to abuse or malign

Derived forms of miscall

  • miscaller, noun

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