miscast

verb
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

Examples of miscast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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miscast

verb
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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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