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verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.
  1. to be apprehensive.

Origin of misgive

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + give
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Examples from the Web for misgive

Historical Examples of misgive

  • I misgive me he'll come in for a wetting if he doesn't tie wings to his heels.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

  • Love is a matter of give and take—marriage, a matter of misgive and mistake.

    A Guide to Men

    Helen Rowland

  • Dreadfully did my heart then misgive me: I was ready to faint.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • His mind began to misgive him about the sister—perhaps she would prove a dragon, in the way?

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • So that when I heard his heavy footstep advancing along the passage my heart did misgive me, and I felt that I was trembling.

    Relics of General Chasse

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for misgive


verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
  1. to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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