[verb mis-kount; noun mis-kount]

verb (used with or without object)

to count or calculate erroneously.


an erroneous counting; miscalculation.

Origin of miscount

1350–1400; mis-1 + count1; replacing Middle English mesconten < Middle French mesconter
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Related Words for miscount

error, mistake

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British Dictionary definitions for miscount



to count or calculate incorrectly


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.


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

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