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.


Nearby words

  1. miskito,
  2. misknow,
  3. misknowledge,
  4. miskolc,
  5. mislabel,
  6. mislead,
  7. misleading,
  8. misleared,
  9. misled,
  10. mislike

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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British Dictionary definitions for mislay


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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