verb (used with object), mis·laid, mis·lay·ing.

to lose temporarily; misplace: He mislaid his keys.
to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly: to mislay linoleum.


Origin of mislay

First recorded in 1350–1400, mislay is from the Middle English word mysse layen. See mis-1, lay1
Related formsmis·lay·er, noun
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Historical Examples of mislaid

  • It will be understood that the money was found, had been mislaid; I'll think that out.


    W. A. Fraser

  • He always said he couldn't finish it; he had mislaid the plan.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • There was one this morning, for instance, which you might very easily have mislaid.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Fens, like deserts, are large things very apt to be mislaid.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Some letter has been mislaid, or some messenger has been stopped upon the way.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for mislaid


verb -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)

to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is
to lay (something) badly
Derived Formsmislayer, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislaid



c.1400, from mis- (1) + lay (v.). Related: Mislaid; mislaying.

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