EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with or without object), mis·dealt, mis·deal·ing. to deal wrongly or incorrectly, especially to deal the wrong number at cards. noun . 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
deal 1 Related forms mis·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.
The New Yorker was certainly making a
misdeal every time he got the cards.
Nothing of interest occurred until, in the course of the second rubber, Gwen made a
One fights against a
misdeal when one has seen the ace of trumps in one's hand.
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 Derived Forms misdealer, noun
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Word Origin and History for misdeal v.
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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