[verb mis-dahy-uh l, -dahyl; noun mis-dahy-uh l, -dahyl]

verb (used with or without object), mis·di·aled, mis·di·al·ing or (especially British) mis·di·alled, mis·di·al·ling.

to dial incorrectly.


an act or instance of misdialing.

Origin of misdial

First recorded in 1960–65; mis-1 + dial
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Word Origin and History for misdial

"to dial a wrong number on a telephone," 1964; see mis- (1) + dial (v.). Related: Misdialed; misdialing.

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