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mis·​cut ˈmis-ˌkət How to pronounce miscut (audio)
: badly or wrongly cut
a miscut length of wood
miscut keys


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mis·​cut ˈmis-ˌkət How to pronounce miscut (audio)
plural miscuts
: an act or instance of cutting something badly or wrongly
Follow the directions from the manufacturer and work slowly to avoid making any miscuts.Gene Hamilton and Katie Hamilton
: the product or result of a bad or wrong cut
… nail and screw holes or miscuts are closed with a compound filler such as Bondo.Mike McClintock
The Plexiglas sheets were miscuts and smaller pieces that Multiplastics in Mount Pleasant couldn't use.Adam Parker


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mis·​cut ˌmis-ˈkət How to pronounce miscut (audio)
miscut; miscutting

transitive verb

: to cut (something) badly or wrongly
I drove to the Ford Dealer in town and obtained a dozen scrap Ford keys that had been miscut.Eric J. Littleton
Miscutting a piece of drywall may cost a few dollars in wasted material and a few minutes of time …Brian Kramer

Examples of miscut in a Sentence

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Perhaps someone in your circle left, two members began dating, or a close peer has gained a whole new set of interests, leading you to feel like a miscut puzzle piece. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 9 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1882, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miscut was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Miscut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscut. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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