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verb (used with object), mis·did, mis·done, mis·do·ing.
  1. to do badly or wrongly; botch.
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verb (used without object), mis·did, mis·done, mis·do·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to behave improperly.
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Origin of misdo

before 950; Middle English misdon, Old English misdōn. See mis-1, do1
Related formsmis·do·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Let all share the same lot, ran one of the statutes; if any misdo, let all bear it.

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  • If a Gild-brother do wrong “let all bear it: if one misdo, let all bear alike.”

  • He it is who bids the knight no more wrest gifts from his tenant nor misdo with the poor.

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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