mis·​di·​al ˌmis-ˈdī(-ə)l How to pronounce misdial (audio)
misdialed; misdialing

transitive + intransitive

: to dial (a telephone number) incorrectly
misdialed the phone number of his alleged accomplice and left a message detailing his whereabouts—on an answering machine whose recording clearly stated it belonged to a Ft. Smith cop.Newsweek
misdial noun
plural misdials
a phone call that turned out to be a misdial

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdial was in 1947

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“Misdial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdial. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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