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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Recent Examples on the Web Lynch noted Thomas was probably miscast when he was being used outside early in his career. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ draft not a vote of confidence for Solomon Thomas, Dante Pettis," 4 May 2020 All three went on to play in the NFL, along with Jamize Olawale, who was miscast as a wide receiver at UNT before becoming a fullback in the NFL. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: North Texas running back outlook for 2020: The Mean Green are loaded again," 20 Feb. 2020 McConaughey is slightly miscast given that his Texas drawl really doesn’t fit the Cockney slang. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Gentlemen: Return of the Hilarious Gangster Caper," 23 Jan. 2020 His contemplative profile harkens back to Michael Corleone — the single greatest male character in American movies — but he’s been miscast as a Slav with a desperate work ethic and kingly ambitions. Armond White, National Review, "The Irishman’s Déjà Vu Gangsterism," 1 Nov. 2019 Calhoun, who was miscast with the Dodgers as a second baseman, was traded for pitcher Yu Darvish. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Inside MLB: Who’s hot and who’s not this week," 7 Sep. 2019 Landry was miscast as an alpha receiver in Cleveland last year, and his efficiency suffered as a result, so in that sense, the arrival of Beckham could help. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "The top fantasy football wide receivers to draft in 2019," 12 Aug. 2019 The catalog makes the point, as does much recent writing on medieval Africa, that the Sahara has long been miscast as a barrier separating a notional black Africa from an equally notional white or Arab one. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of miscast

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Miscast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscast. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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