verb (used with object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.

verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

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

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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