[ mis-ley ]
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verb (used with object),mis·laid, mis·lay·ing.
  1. to lose temporarily; misplace: He mislaid his keys.

  2. to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly: to mislay linoleum.

Origin of mislay

First recorded in 1350–1400, mislay is from Middle English mysse layen. See mis-1, lay1

Other words from mislay

  • mis·lay·er, noun

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How to use mislay in a sentence

  • Had he not told her first of the poor soldier who had mislaid his memory?

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
  • It suggests nothing so much as that it has lost its park, and mislaid its lodges.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for mislay


/ (mɪsˈleɪ) /

verb-lays, -laying or -laid (tr)
  1. to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is

  2. to lay (something) badly

Derived forms of mislay

  • mislayer, noun

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