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[ mis-pruh-nouns ]

verb (used with or without object)

, mis·pro·nounced, mis·pro·nounc·ing.
  1. to pronounce incorrectly.


/ ˌmɪsprəˈnaʊns; ˌmɪsprəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən /


  1. to pronounce (a word) wrongly

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Derived Forms

  • mispronunciation, noun

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Other Words From

  • mispro·nouncer noun
  • mis·pro·nun·ci·a·tion [mis-pr, uh, -nuhn-see-, ey, -sh, uh, n], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mispronounce1

First recorded in 1585–95; mis- 1 + pronounce

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Example Sentences

My name was mispronounced my entire childhood, and after a few failed attempts to correct it, I stopped trying.

From Vox

While it’s a name that many mispronounce, it’s also one that’s rapidly rising in the comedy charts.

From Ozy

Smith also deliberately mispronounced the names of several Nigerian men’s basketball players on Monday’s episode following the national team’s exhibition upset of Team USA, for which he also apologized Tuesday.

When people slightly mispronounce words, our minds auto-correct and we hear the word pronounced correctly.

He’s also repeatedly stressed his “conservative Tennessee values” as a native son of the state and introduced a dark racial undertone to the race by consistently mispronouncing Sethi’s last name as “Set-ee” instead of “Seth-ee.”

On Tuesday night, David Letterman titled his Top Ten list "Top Ten Ways to Mispronounce Idina Menzel."

To mispronounce a word because it is misspelt is only indirectly an error of orthoepy.

There were two lines in it which I am going to mispronounce; but you are not Scotch, so I don't care for you, uncle, darling.

They acquire a number of new words, which they do not understand and which they persistently mispronounce.

It is common to hear English-speakers mispronounce the words Buddha and Buddhism.

As if that were not wild enough, they mispronounce it atrociously.


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