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[mis-hap, mis-hap]
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  1. an unfortunate accident.
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Origin of mishap

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


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Related Words

misfortune, disaster, setback, blunder, calamity, hazard, pileup, mistake, blow, smash, misadventure, collision, fluke, total, fender-bender, rear-ender

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  • This was his first knowledge of Porter's mishap, for he had been in New York.


    W. A. Fraser

  • After all, this mishap appeared to Boxtel of no great consequence.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • They were at some distance from home, and I found that Turkey had heard nothing of the mishap.

  • And to what mishap do you attribute Mademoiselle's so unceremonious departure?

  • A pretty dreary camp we pitched that evening near the place of our mishap.

British Dictionary definitions for mishap


  1. an unfortunate accident
  2. bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mishap


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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