verb (used with or without object), mis·dealt, mis·deal·ing.

to deal wrongly or incorrectly, especially to deal the wrong number at cards.


Cards. a deal in which the wrong number of cards have been distributed or in which the cards were dealt in the wrong order or manner, necessitating a new deal and the cancellation of any points made on the hand, sometimes with a penalty to the dealer.

Origin of misdeal

First recorded in 1475–85; mis-1 + deal1
Related formsmis·deal·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for misdeal

Historical Examples of misdeal

  • In the event of a misdeal the cards must be dealt again by the same player.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work

  • The New Yorker was certainly making a misdeal every time he got the cards.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Nothing of interest occurred until, in the course of the second rubber, Gwen made a misdeal.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • One fights against a misdeal when one has seen the ace of trumps in one's hand.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • This does not apply to penalties for looking at the hands, or declaring out of turn, or making a misdeal.

British Dictionary definitions for misdeal


verb -deals, -dealing or -dealt

(intr) to deal out cards incorrectly


a faulty deal
Derived Formsmisdealer, noun
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Word Origin and History for misdeal

1746, "to make an error in dealing (cards);" from mis- (1) + deal (v.). The noun in this sense is attested from 1850. The original verbal sense (late 15c.) was "to distribute unfairly."

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