mishap

[ mis-hap, mis-hap ]
/ ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp /

noun

an unfortunate accident.

Nearby words

  1. misguide,
  2. misguided,
  3. misguidedly,
  4. mishandle,
  5. mishanter,
  6. mishappen,
  7. mishawaka,
  8. mishear,
  9. mishegaas,
  10. mishima

Origin of mishap

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mis-1, hap1

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British Dictionary definitions for mishap

mishap

/ (ˈmɪshæp) /

noun

an unfortunate accident
bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mishap

mishap

n.

early 14c., "bad luck, unlucky accident," from mis- (1) "bad" + hap "luck." Probably on analogy of Old French meschance (see mischance (n.)).

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