[mis-uhn-der-stoo d]


improperly understood or interpreted.
not appreciated.

Nearby words

  1. mistryst,
  2. misty,
  3. misty-eyed,
  4. misunderstand,
  5. misunderstanding,
  6. misusage,
  7. misuse,
  8. misuser,
  9. misventure,
  10. misword

Origin of misunderstood

First recorded in 1585–95; mis-1 + understood

Related formshalf-mis·un·der·stood, adjectiveun·mis·un·der·stood, adjective



verb (used with object), mis·un·der·stood, mis·un·der·stand·ing.

to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.

Origin of misunderstand

First recorded in 1150–1200, misunderstand is from the Middle English word misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand

Related formsmis·un·der·stand·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstood



not properly or sympathetically understooda misunderstood work of art; a misunderstood adolescent


verb -stands, -standing or -stood

to fail to understand properly
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Word Origin and History for misunderstood
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