misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help the poor.

Nearby words

  1. misgovern,
  2. misgovernance,
  3. misgovernment,
  4. misguidance,
  5. misguide,
  6. misguidedly,
  7. mishandle,
  8. mishanter,
  9. mishap,
  10. mishappen

Origin of misguided

First recorded in 1480–90; misguide + -ed2

Related formsmis·guid·ed·ly, adverbmis·guid·ed·ness, nounun·mis·guid·ed, adjectiveun·mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb



verb (used with object), mis·guid·ed, mis·guid·ing.

to guide wrongly; misdirect.

Origin of misguide

1325–75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2

Related formsmis·guid·ance, nounmis·guid·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for misguided



foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour
Derived Formsmisguidedly, adverb



(tr) to guide or direct wrongly or badly
Derived Formsmisguidance, nounmisguider, noun

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Word Origin and History for misguided
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