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  1. spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted: misspent youth.


verb (used with object), mis·spent, mis·spend·ing.
  1. to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.

Origin of misspend

1350–1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend
Related formsmis·spend·er, noun
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Related Words for misspent

idle, dissipated, blown, misapplied, imprudent, prodigal, profitless

Examples from the Web for misspent

Contemporary Examples of misspent

Historical Examples of misspent

  • Pierre lives over again in swift review years of a misspent past.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • My time during the last three years will not have been misspent.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • They talked, a little soberly, of thrift, and of their misspent years.


    Christopher Morley

  • I am in hopes, when you shall have read them, you will not think I have misspent your money for them.

  • Had I the right to let her marry him when there lay behind him those misspent years?

British Dictionary definitions for misspent


verb -spends, -spending or -spent
  1. to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Formsmisspender, noun
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Word Origin and History for misspent



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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