[ noun mis-pley, mis-pley; verb mis-pley ]
/ noun mɪsˈpleɪ, ˈmɪsˌpleɪ; verb mɪsˈpleɪ /
Sports, Games.


a wrong or bad play.
a play prohibited by the rules.

verb (used with object)

to make an error or incorrect play on or with; play wrongly: The catcher misplayed the ball, allowing the base runner to score.
to make a play on or with (a card, chess piece, etc.) prohibited by the rules.

Origin of misplay

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; mis-1 + play
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British Dictionary definitions for misplay

/ (ˌmɪsˈpleɪ) /


(tr) to play badly or wrongly in games or sportsthe batsman misplayed the ball


a wrong or unskilful play
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