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mislay

[ mis-ley ]
/ mɪsˈleɪ /
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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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for mislay

mislay
/ (mɪsˈleɪ) /

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

to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is
to lay (something) badly

Derived forms of mislay

mislayer, noun
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