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verb (used with or without object), mis·pro·nounced, mis·pro·nounc·ing.
  1. to pronounce incorrectly.
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Origin of mispronounce

First recorded in 1585–95; mis-1 + pronounce
Related formsmis·pro·nounc·er, nounmis·pro·nun·ci·a·tion [mis-pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for mispronunciation

Historical Examples

  • An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • This is the present mispronunciation of Jacques prevalent in Warwickshire.

    The Shakespearean Myth

    Appleton Morgan

  • She could not even trouble herself about Granny's mispronunciation just then.

  • Mispronunciation, of course, is not the only mannerism of speech that may be availed of.

  • Their patience and eagerness in trying to correct a mispronunciation were touching.

British Dictionary definitions for mispronunciation


  1. to pronounce (a word) wrongly
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Derived Formsmispronunciation (ˌmɪsprəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for mispronunciation


1520s; see mis- (1) + pronunciation.

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1590s, from mis- (1) + pronounce. Related: Mispronounced; mispronouncing.

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