misfit

[ mis-fit for 1; mis-fit, mis-fit for 2; mis-fit for 3 ]
/ mɪsˈfɪt for 1; mɪsˈfɪt, ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 2; ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 3 /

verb (used with or without object), mis·fit·ted, mis·fit·ting.

to fit badly.

noun

something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
a person who is not suited or is unable to adjust to the circumstances of his or her particular situation: a misfit in one's job.

Origin of misfit

First recorded in 1815–25; mis-1 + fit1
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misfit


noun (ˈmɪsˌfɪt)

a person not suited in behaviour or attitude to a particular social environment
something that does not fit or fits badly

verb (ˌmɪsˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting or -fitted (intr)

to fail to fit or be fitted
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Word Origin and History for misfit

misfit


n.

1823, "garment which does not fit the person for whom it was intended;" see mis- (1) + fit (n.1). Meaning "person who does not fit his environment" is attested from 1880.

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