- simple past tense and past participle of misspend.
- spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted: misspent youth.
- to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.
Origin of misspend
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Examples from the Web for misspent
And in 2008, a U.S. official told The Guardian that as much as 70 percent of U.S. military aid had been “misspent.”What If the U.S. Cuts Off Aid to Pakistan?
David A. Graham
May 4, 2011
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.Pipefuls
I am in hopes, when you shall have read them, you will not think I have misspent your money for them.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Had I the right to let her marry him when there lay behind him those misspent years?The Secret of the Silver Car
- to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
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Word Origin and History for misspent
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