misgiving

[ mis-giv-ing ]
/ mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of misgiving

First recorded in 1595–1605; misgive + -ing1

Related forms

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

Synonym study

Definition for misgiving (2 of 2)

misgive

[ mis-giv ]
/ mɪsˈgɪv /

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 (1 of 2)

misgiving

/ (mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for misgiving (2 of 2)

misgive

/ (mɪsˈɡɪv) /

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

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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