[ mis-kast, -kahst ]

verb (used with object),mis·cast, mis·cast·ing.
  1. to assign an unsuitable role to (an actor): Tom was miscast as Romeo.

  2. to allot (a role) to an unsuitable actor.

  1. to select unsuitable actors for (a play, motion picture, or the like).

Origin of miscast

1925–30; mis-1 + cast (in sense “to select or assign actors”)

Words Nearby miscast

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use miscast in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for miscast


/ (ˌmɪsˈkɑːst) /

verb-casts, -casting or -cast (tr)
  1. to cast badly

  2. (often passive)

    • to cast (a role or the roles) in (a play, film, etc) inappropriately: Falstaff was certainly miscast

    • to assign an inappropriate role to: he was miscast as Othello

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012