miscellaneous

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adjective mis·cel·la·neous \ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Definition of miscellaneous

  1. 1 :  consisting of diverse things or members :  heterogeneous

  2. 2a :  having various traitsb :  dealing with or interested in diverse subjects as a writer I was too miscellaneous — George Santayana

miscellaneously

adverb

miscellaneousness

noun

Examples of miscellaneous in a Sentence

  1. The coyotes, in other words, also munched rabbits, woodchucks, meadow mice, deer mice, jumping mice, and freelance miscellaneous booty like frogs and fallen apples and muskrats,  … —Edward Hoagland, Harper's, June 2007

  2. The sandhogs' word for a miscellaneous happening in which a sandhog is injured is mishap. —Alec Wilkinson, Double Take, Summer 2001

  3. … we came upon what must have been his camp, a rather elaborate shelter made of lashed saplings and covered with plastic sheeting; empty Clorox bottles were scattered around, along with rope, canned goods, and what Huck Finn would have called his traps—the miscellaneous pots, clothing, and whatnot that you lug around through life. —Franklin Burroughs, The River Home, 1992

  4. a miscellaneous collection of tools

  5. the bottom of the drawer was always a miscellaneous accumulation of odds and ends

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Origin and Etymology of miscellaneous

Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus mixed


First Known Use: 1637


MISCELLANEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

miscellaneous

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adjective

Definition of miscellaneous for English Language Learners

  • : including many things of different kinds


MISCELLANEOUS Defined for Kids

miscellaneous

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adjective mis·cel·la·neous \ˌmi-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Definition of miscellaneous for Students

  1. :  consisting of many things of different sorts



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