verb (used with or without object), mis·spelled or mis·spelt, mis·spell·ing.

to spell incorrectly.

Origin of misspell

First recorded in 1645–55; mis-1 + spell1
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Related Words for misspelt

misprint, vitiate

Examples from the Web for misspelt

Historical Examples of misspelt

  • The misspelt name had been the subject of many a laugh between them.


    Edward Eggleston

  • Kenmure is misspelt "Kenmuir" in the edition of 1825, but corrected in the next.

  • How could she forget it so as not to be reminded of it by a misspelt version?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

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

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • This great man was always unlucky; after his death even his name was misspelt.

British Dictionary definitions for misspelt


verb -spells, -spelling, -spelt or -spelled

to spell (a word or words) wrongly
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Word Origin and History for misspelt



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

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