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  1. Sports. a failure to execute a play, stroke, or maneuver properly; an error.
  2. Informal. a mistake.
  3. Informal. to make a mistake.
  4. Theater. to fail to answer one's cue or to answer another's cue.
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verb (used with object), mis·cued, mis·cu·ing.
  1. to give the wrong cue to.
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Origin of miscue1

First recorded in 1880–85; mis-1 + cue1


[mis-kyoo]Billiards, Pool.
  1. a stroke in which the cue fails to make solid contact with the cue ball.
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verb (used without object), mis·cued, mis·cu·ing.
  1. to make a miscue.
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Origin of miscue2

First recorded in 1870–75; mis-1 + cue2
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Examples from the Web for miscued

Historical Examples

  • How much of what you've just been saying to him is right, and how much is just bluff to cover a place where you miscued?

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist

    John T. McIntyre

  • I jiggled my hook angrily and when the operator answered I told her that she'd miscued.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for miscued


  1. billiards a faulty stroke in which the cue tip slips off the cue ball or misses it altogether
  2. informal a blunder or mistake
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verb -cues, -cuing or -cued
  1. (intr) billiards to make a miscue
  2. (intr) theatre to fail to answer one's own cue or answer the cue of another
  3. radio to start (a record or tape) at the wrong point
  4. (intr) informal to blunder
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Word Origin and History for miscued



1873, in billiards, "failure to strike the ball properly with the cue" from mis- (1) or perhaps miss (v.) + cue (2). General sense is attested from 1883.

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