verb (used with object), mis·named, mis·nam·ing.

to name incorrectly or wrongly; miscall.

Origin of misname

First recorded in 1475–85; mis-1 + name
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Examples from the Web for misname

Historical Examples of misname

  • “To misname me would do you no good and me no harm,” replied the Jew gravely.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • He saw behind it nothing save an implacable selfishness that chose to misname itself affection.

    An Ambitious Woman

    Edgar Fawcett

  • Thus, not only our bread and our boots are made by machinery, but many of the very things we misname "art-products."

  • This material sinful personality, which we misname man, is what St. Paul terms "the old man and his deeds," to be "put off."

    No and Yes

    Mary Baker Eddy

Word Origin and History for misname

c.1500 "to call (someone) a bad name;" see mis- (1) + name (v.). Related: Misnamed; misnaming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper