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[verb mis-kount; noun mis-kount]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to count or calculate erroneously.
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  1. an erroneous counting; miscalculation.
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Origin of miscount

1350–1400; mis-1 + count1; replacing Middle English mesconten < Middle French mesconter
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Historical Examples

  • Was there not some miscount, and was it not fifteen instead?

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Morgan said in joke that there was a miscount, and that he actually received only ninety-nine blows.

  • So the two Kentucky officers went ashore, each grumbling to the other about some "miscount."

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

  • To one unfamiliar with the score this must always sound as if the horn player had made a miscount and entered at the wrong place.

British Dictionary definitions for miscount


  1. to count or calculate incorrectly
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  1. a false count or calculation
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Word Origin and History for miscount


late 14c., from Old French mesconter "give a false statement; miscalculate, be wrong in reckoning;" see mis- (2) + count (v). Related: Miscounted; miscounting.

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1580s, from mis- (1) + count (n.).

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