- an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
- a misunderstanding or misconception.
- to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else: I mistook him for the mayor.
- to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
- to be in error.
- and no mistake, for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
Origin of mistake
1. inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. Mistake, blunder, error, slip refer to deviations from right, accuracy, correctness, or truth. A mistake, grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle: It was a mistake to argue. A blunder is a careless, stupid, or gross mistake in action or speech, suggesting awkwardness, heedlessness, or ignorance: Through his blunder the message was lost. An error (often interchanged with mistake ) is an unintentional wandering or deviation from accuracy, or right conduct: an error in addition. A slip is usually a minor mistake made through haste or carelessness: a slip of the tongue. 4. misconceive, misjudge, err.
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Examples from the Web for mistakingly
We mistakingly adorn most that part of life which least requires it, and neglect to provide for that which will want it most.Coelebs In Search of a Wife
Karasowski says mistakingly that the movement referred to is the Adagio of the E minor Concerto.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
When it is placed ultimately upon a forbidden object: as to hope for some evil to yourselves which you mistakingly think is good.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
- an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
- a misconception or misunderstanding
- (tr) to misunderstand; misinterpretshe mistook his meaning
- (tr foll by for) to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with)she mistook his direct manner for honesty
- (tr) to choose badly or incorrectlyhe mistook his path
- (intr) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
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Word Origin and History for mistakingly
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with mistakingly
In addition to the idiom beginning with mistake
- mistake for
- by mistake
- make no mistake
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