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miscellaneous

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adjective mis·cel·la·neous \ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Simple Definition of miscellaneous

  • : including many things of different kinds

Full Definition of miscellaneous

  1. 1 :  consisting of diverse things or members :  heterogeneous

  2. 2 a :  having various traits b :  dealing with or interested in diverse subjects <as a writer I was too miscellaneous — George Santayana>

mis·cel·la·neous·ly adverb
mis·cel·la·neous·ness noun

Examples of miscellaneous

  1. The coyotes, in other words, also munched rabbits, woodchucks, meadow mice, deer mice, jumping mice, and freelance miscellaneous booty like frogs and fallen apples and muskrats, … —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007

  2. The sandhogs' word for a miscellaneous happening in which a sandhog is injured is mishap. —Alec Wilkinson, Double Take, Summer 2001

  3. … we came upon what must have been his camp, a rather elaborate shelter made of lashed saplings and covered with plastic sheeting; empty Clorox bottles were scattered around, along with rope, canned goods, and what Huck Finn would have called his traps—the miscellaneous pots, clothing, and whatnot that you lug around through life. —Franklin Burroughs, The River Home, 1992

  4. a miscellaneous collection of tools

  5. <the bottom of the drawer was always a miscellaneous accumulation of odds and ends>



Origin of miscellaneous

Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus mixed


First Known Use: 1637

Rhymes with miscellaneous



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