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misfit

[mis-fit for 1; mis-fit, mis-fit for 2; mis-fit for 3]
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verb (used with or without object), mis·fit·ted, mis·fit·ting.
  1. to fit badly.
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noun
  1. something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
  2. 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.
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Origin of misfit

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

oddball, freak, outsider, eccentric, dropout, bohemian, weirdo, dissenter, offbeat, loser, individualist, dissident, beatnik

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Historical Examples of misfit

  • He had no fences and would employ any misfit or doubtful that came along.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • But I ask you: if we get on a ship, you can keep it from shooting the Misfit ships?

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • One of the worst times had come during an attack by Misfit ships.

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Their misfit coats were heavy with melted snow and turned up at the collars.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Social economy the thing is called; which makes the eighth misfit.


British Dictionary definitions for misfit

misfit

noun (ˈmɪsˌfɪt)
  1. a person not suited in behaviour or attitude to a particular social environment
  2. something that does not fit or fits badly
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verb (ˌmɪsˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting or -fitted (intr)
  1. to fail to fit or be fitted
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Word Origin and History for 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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