[ mis-deel ]
/ mɪsˈdil /

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.

Nearby words

  1. miscreated,
  2. miscredit,
  3. miscue,
  4. miscue analysis,
  5. misdate,
  6. misdeed,
  7. misdeem,
  8. misdemean,
  9. misdemeanant,
  10. misdemeanor

Origin of misdeal

First recorded in 1475–85; mis-1 + deal1

Related formsmis·deal·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for misdeal


/ (ˌmɪsˈdiːl) /

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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