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mismatch

[mis-mach; for 2 also mis-mach]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to match badly or unsuitably.
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noun
  1. a bad or unsatisfactory match.
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Origin of mismatch

First recorded in 1590–1600; mis-1 + match2
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imbalancediscrepancydiversenessdivergenceincongruitydivergencyinequalitydisproportionunevennessdissimilaritydissemblanceimparity

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mismatch

verb
  1. to match badly, esp in marriage
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noun
  1. a bad or inappropriate match
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Word Origin and History for mismatch

v.

1590s, from mis- (1) + match (v.). Related: Mismatched; mismatching.

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n.

c.1600, from mis- (1) + match (n.2).

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