verb (used with object)

to give false or misleading information to.

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

Synonyms for misinform

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Examples from the Web for misinformed

Contemporary Examples of misinformed

Historical Examples of misinformed

  • You have been misinformed as to my final dismissal from the Excise; I am still in the service.

  • In only one respect was she misinformed as to the arrangements for the morning.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I believe now that you are misinformed as to the facts, but that is immaterial.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Your ladyship has been misinformed," I said with extreme deference.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Most of these people had been misinformed as to the best place to start from.

British Dictionary definitions for misinformed



(tr) to give incorrect information to
Derived Formsmisinformant or misinformer, nounmisinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for misinformed

mid-15c., past participle adjective from misinform.



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

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