misspend

[ mis-spend ]
/ mɪsˈspɛnd /

verb (used with object), mis·spent, mis·spend·ing.

to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.

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Nearby words

  1. missourian,
  2. missout,
  3. misspeak,
  4. misspell,
  5. misspelling,
  6. misspent,
  7. misstate,
  8. misstatement,
  9. misstep,
  10. misstrike

Origin of misspend

1350–1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend

Related formsmis·spend·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for misspend

  • He was forced to the conclusion that he had done nothing else throughout his life but misspend his time.



British Dictionary definitions for misspend

misspend

/ (ˌmɪsˈspɛnd) /

verb -spends, -spending or -spent

to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Formsmisspender, noun

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Word Origin and History for misspend

misspend

v.

also mis-spend, "to spend amiss or wastefully," late 14c.; see mis- (1) + spend. Related: Misspent, frequently coupled with youth; misspending.

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