Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mishandle

play
verb mis·han·dle \-ˈhan-dəl\

Simple Definition of mishandle

  • : to deal with or manage (something) badly or incorrectly

  • : to touch or treat (something) in a way that causes damage

  • sports : to fail to catch or hold (a ball) properly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mishandle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat roughly :  maltreat

  3. 2 :  to deal with or manage wrongly or ignorantly

Examples of mishandle in a sentence

  1. The police mishandled the investigation.

  2. Apples are easily bruised when they are mishandled.

  3. The shortstop mishandled the throw.

  4. The quarterback fumbled when he mishandled the snap.



1530

First Known Use of mishandle

1530

Rhymes with mishandle


Learn More about mishandle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mishandle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily angry maudlin prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ