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verb (used with object), mis·liked, mis·lik·ing. Archaic.
  1. to dislike.
  2. to displease.
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Origin of mislike

before 900; Middle English misliken, Old English mislīcian. See mis-1, like2
Related formsmis·lik·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Or is it unkindness to let him see that I mislike his capers?

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Perhaps I am a coward, but I mislike these roving night-hands.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • So highly did they mislike this unmercifull spoyling and deceiving our brethren.

  • Now I hold not with them who mislike these games altogether.

    With the King at Oxford

    Alfred J. Church

  • Nor did Sir Gawain mislike his fair son, whom he caressed right often.

British Dictionary definitions for mislike


verb (tr)
  1. to dislike
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noun Also: misliking
  1. dislike or aversion
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Derived Formsmisliker, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislike


Old English mislician "to be displeasing;" see mis- (1) + like (v.). Sense of "to be displeased with" is attested from 1510s. Related: Misliked; misliking.

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