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

misspend

play
verb mis·spend \ˌmis-ˈspend\

Simple Definition of misspend

  • : to spend or use (something, such as time or money) in a way that is not legal, careful, or wise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of misspend

misspent

play play \-ˈspent\

misspending

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to spend wrongly :  squander <a misspent life>

Examples of misspend in a sentence

  1. Several government officials have been accused of misspending public money.

  2. <warned that a childhood spent playing video games was a misspent youth indeed>



14th Century

First Known Use of misspend

14th century




Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal vernal hiemal estival
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