[ mis-in-fawrm ]
/ ˌmɪs ɪnˈfɔrm /

verb (used with object)

to give false or misleading information to.

Nearby words

  1. mishnaic hebrew,
  2. mishpocha,
  3. misidentification,
  4. misidentify,
  5. misimpression,
  6. misinformation,
  7. misinformed,
  8. misinterpret,
  9. misinterpretation,
  10. misjoinder

Origin of misinform

First recorded in 1350–1400, misinform is from the Middle English word misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform1

Related formsmis·in·form·ant, mis·in·form·er, nounmis·in·form·a·tive, adjectivemis·in·for·ma·tion [mis-in-fer-mey-shuhn] /ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun

Can be confuseddisinformation misinformation

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Examples from the Web for misinform

  • Now, what possible end can be served by books like these, except to misguide and misinform?

    Ephemera Critica|John Churton Collins
  • They misinform; they mislead; they corrupt, or tend to corrupt, taste.

    Ephemera Critica|John Churton Collins

British Dictionary definitions for misinform


/ (ˌmɪsɪnˈfɔːm) /


(tr) to give incorrect information to
Derived Formsmisinformant or misinformer, nounmisinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən), noun

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Word Origin and History for misinform



late 14c.; see mis- (1) + inform. Related: Misinformed; misinforming.

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