[ mis-speek ]
/ mɪsˈspik /

verb (used with or without object), mis·spoke, mis·spok·en, mis·speak·ing.

to speak, utter, or pronounce incorrectly.
to speak inaccurately, inappropriately, or too hastily.

Origin of misspeak

1150–1200; Middle English misspeken; see mis-1, speak; compare Old English missprecan to murmur
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Word Origin and History for misspeak



late 14c., "to say amiss," also "to speak insultingly," from mis- (1) + speak. Related: Misspeaking; misspoken. Old English missprecan meant "to grumble, murmur."

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