noun mis·hap \ˈmis-ˌhap, mis-ˈ\

: a small mistake or amount of bad luck

: an unlucky accident or mistake

Full Definition of MISHAP

:  an unfortunate accident
:  bad luck :  misfortune

Examples of MISHAP

  1. We experienced the usual mishaps of a family vacation.
  2. The ceremony proceeded without mishap.
  3. The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.

First Known Use of MISHAP

14th century

Synonym Discussion of MISHAP

misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress <never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune>. mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance <took the wrong road by mischance>. adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune <had never experienced great adversity>. mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck <the usual mishaps of a family vacation>.
MISHAP Defined for Kids


noun mis·hap \ˈmis-ˌhap\

Definition of MISHAP for Kids

:  an unfortunate accident


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