[ mis-spel ]
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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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How to use misspell in a sentence

  • And to make things better, they even misspelt my name: instead of Krikunov it was Kirkutlov.

  • “It was from this name being misspelt that it is called the cuguacuarana, the first c being soft,” observes Bates.

    The Western World | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The misspelt name had been the subject of many a laugh between them.

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

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford | Samuel Rutherford
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for misspell


/ (ˌmɪsˈspɛl) /

verb-spells, -spelling, -spelt or -spelled
  1. to spell (a word or words) wrongly

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