misspelling

[mis-spel-ing]
noun
  1. the act of spelling incorrectly: Note his misspelling of that word.
  2. an incorrectly spelled word: You have three misspellings in your letter.

Origin of misspelling

First recorded in 1685–95; mis-1 + spelling

misspell

[mis-spel]
verb (used with or without object), mis·spelled or mis·spelt, mis·spell·ing.
  1. to spell incorrectly.

Origin of misspell

First recorded in 1645–55; mis-1 + spell1
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British Dictionary definitions for misspelling

misspelling

noun
  1. a wrong spelling

misspell

verb -spells, -spelling, -spelt or -spelled
  1. to spell (a word or words) wrongly
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Word Origin and History for misspelling

misspell

v.

1650s, from mis- (1) + spell (v.). Related: Misspelled; misspelling.

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