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mis·​feed ˌmis-ˈfēd How to pronounce misfeed (audio)
misfed ˌmis-ˈfed How to pronounce misfeed (audio) ; misfeeding

transitive + intransitive

: to feed wrongly
… pet owners who mishandle and misfeed the snakes …Elizabeth Weise
especially : to fail to properly feed (material, such as paper or ammunition) or be fed through a machine or mechanism
… printing problems caused many ballots to misfeed through the scanning machine. Charles Tomlinson
If it only misfeeds occasionally, it is probably an ammo problem … Hammond Satterfield


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mis·​feed ˈmis-ˌfēd How to pronounce misfeed (audio)
plural misfeeds
: a malfunction in which a material (such as paper or ammunition) fails to be fed properly through a mechanism
… a high-speed commercial scanner designed to reduce paper jams and misfeeds.Benjamin Jacobs
Misfeeds may also be the result or improperly sized ammunition being loaded.Robert E. Walker

Word History

First Known Use


1877, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misfeed was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Misfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfeed. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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