misunderstood

[ mis-uhn-der-stoo d ]
/ ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstʊd /

adjective

improperly understood or interpreted.
not appreciated.

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Origin of misunderstood

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

OTHER WORDS FROM misunderstood

half-mis·un·der·stood, adjectiveun·mis·un·der·stood, adjective

Definition for misunderstood (2 of 2)

misunderstand
[ mis-uhn-der-stand ]
/ ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstænd /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM misunderstand

mis·un·der·stand·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstood (1 of 2)

misunderstood
/ (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for misunderstood (2 of 2)

misunderstand
/ (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd) /

verb -stands, -standing or -stood

to fail to understand properly
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