verb (used with or without object), mis·quot·ed, mis·quot·ing.

to quote incorrectly.


a quotation that is incorrect.

Origin of misquote

First recorded in 1590–1600; mis-1 + quote
Related formsmis·quot·er, noun
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Historical Examples of misquote

  • Looking about this institution, one is moved to misquote Robert Browning.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • The Socialist can quote Scripture for his purpose—and misquote it too.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker

  • How we do misquote sayings, or misunderstand them when quoted rightly!

  • I sighed as an author, but obeyed as a pupil,—to misquote the words of Gibbon.

    Rustic Sounds

    Francis Darwin

  • He could not misquote or misapply the word, neither could he be indifferent about it.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for misquote



to quote (a text, speech, etc) inaccurately
Derived Formsmisquotation, noun
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Word Origin and History for misquote

1590s; see mis- (1) + quote (v.). First recorded in Shakespeare.

Looke how we can, or sad or merrily, Interpretation will misquote our lookes. ["I Hen. IV," v.ii.13]

Related: Misquoted; misquoting. As a noun from 1855.

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