[ 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.

  1. something that fits badly, such 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 a particular situation: She was a misfit in that job after her big promotion.

Origin of misfit

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

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British Dictionary definitions for misfit


  1. a person not suited in behaviour or attitude to a particular social environment

  2. something that does not fit or fits badly

verb(ˌmɪsˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting or -fitted (intr)
  1. to fail to fit or be fitted

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