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


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verb (used with object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.
  1. (of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
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verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.
  1. to be apprehensive.
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Origin of misgive

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

Historical Examples

  • I have a misgiving that there is something dark at work here, Tom.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • I have kept everything together, from a misgiving that an hour would come.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I went to your house with a good deal of misgiving, Mr. Paine.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I doubt if either of them entertained a misgiving as to what must be the issue.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • When this misgiving passed, it was succeeded by something of the nature of regret.

British Dictionary definitions for misgiving


  1. (often plural) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt
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verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
  1. 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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