mis·​cast | \ ˌmis-ˈkast How to pronounce miscast (audio) \
miscast; miscasting

Definition of miscast

transitive verb

: to cast in an unsuitable role life had miscast her in the role of wife and mother— Edna Ferber

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The star may simply be miscast as a historical figure who remains something of an enigma. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When baseball and espionage played on the same team," 20 June 2018 Last: 45 Washington’s strengths and limitations have been on display this season while he’s been largely miscast as a combo forward due to the Wildcats’ personnel. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 4.0: Will Stars Align for Loaded Lottery?," 5 Feb. 2018 Love has been miscast at center often this year, and his shortcomings as a rim defender are even more glaring when perimeter defenders like I.T., Derrick Rose and J.R. Smith are allowing a parade of offensive players into the paint. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Love Lost: Replacing Kevin Love Won’t Be Simple for the Cavaliers," 30 Jan. 2018 Without Cousins, Davis became the center, no longer miscast as a power forward, forced to guard people around the perimeter. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Everything Warriors fans need to know about the surging Pelicans," 26 Apr. 2018 An explosive pass rusher standing just 6-foot-1, 242 pounds, Jefferson was miscast under the former coaching staff, which wasted more than half of his sophomore season asking him to gain weight and play inside in a 4-3 scheme. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Five questions entering Gators' spring practices," 13 Mar. 2018 He’d be miscast as coverage safety but teams looking to play big in nickel and dime packages can find a use for Wilson. 8. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Top 10 NFL free agents by position: Defense," 26 Feb. 2018 But the fiancee of George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts and is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, says he is being miscast. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Papadopoulos is the 'John Dean' of the Russia investigation, his fiancee says," 23 Jan. 2018 Torrey Smith Maryland Years pro: 7 6-0, 205 Smith was miscast as San Francisco’s No. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Meet the Eagles: 2017 opening-game roster," 6 Sep. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of miscast

: to give (an actor) a role for which the actor is not suited
: to make bad choices in selecting actors for (something, such as a play or movie)

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to take the place or position of

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