Often misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.

Nearby words

  1. misfit,
  2. misfortune,
  3. misfunction,
  4. misgender,
  5. misgive,
  6. misgovern,
  7. misgovernance,
  8. misgovernment,
  9. misguidance,
  10. misguide

Origin of misgiving

First recorded in 1595–1605; misgive + -ing1

Related formsmis·giv·ing·ly, adverbun·mis·giv·ing, adjectiveun·mis·giv·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study



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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British Dictionary definitions for misgiving



(often plural) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt


verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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Word Origin and History for misgiving



c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

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