verb (used with object)

to call by a wrong name.

Origin of miscall

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mis-1, call
Related formsmis·call·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for miscall

Historical Examples of miscall

  • I know every shade and tint of that blessed thing they miscall the tender passion.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

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

    Judith Shakespeare

    William Black

  • But thar--he's the best man that ever was, when he's here, and I have no wish to miscall him.

    The Power and the Glory

    Grace MacGowan Cooke

  • Their souls are like their bodies, hidden by the rags, foul with the dirt of what we miscall civilisation.

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

British Dictionary definitions for miscall


verb (tr)

to call by the wrong name
dialect to abuse or malign
Derived Formsmiscaller, noun
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Word Origin and History for miscall

mid-15c., from mis- (1) + call (v.). Related: Miscalled; miscalling.

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