verb (used with object), mis·did, mis·done, mis·do·ing.

to do badly or wrongly; botch.

verb (used without object), mis·did, mis·done, mis·do·ing.

Obsolete. to behave improperly.

Nearby words

  1. misdiagnosis,
  2. misdial,
  3. misdirect,
  4. misdirection,
  5. misdivision,
  6. misdoubt,
  7. mise,
  8. mise en place,
  9. mise en scene,
  10. mise en scène

Origin of misdo

before 950; Middle English misdon, Old English misdōn. See mis-1, do1

Related formsmis·do·er, noun

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Word Origin and History for misdo



Old English misdon, "to do evil or wrong, transgress, err," common Germanic compound (cf. Old Frisian misdua, Middle Dutch misdoen, Old High German missituon, German misstun); see mis- (1) + do (v.). Meaning "to do (work, etc.) improperly" is from 1840. Related: Misdone; misdoing.

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