[ mis-ley ]
/ mɪsˈleɪ /

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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/ (mɪsˈleɪ) /

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 mislay



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

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