mis·​file | \ ˌmis-ˈfi(-ə)l How to pronounce misfile (audio) \
misfiled; misfiling

Definition of misfile

transitive verb

: to file (something, such as a document) in the wrong place … the inaccessibility of information that is being typed, is in the mail, has been misfiled or is simply in an office that is closed for the weekend …— Vincent E. Giuliano Considering that an entry misfiled is an item lost, it is good practice to study the structure of any catalog before attempting to file …— Rosalind E. Miller et al. One cache of handwritten letters emerged in the New York Public Library, of all places; they had been misfiled under Winston Churchill the American novelist.— Martin Gilbert Five- or six-digit numbers often give rise to filing mistakes: for example, a file bearing the number 117111 can easily be misfiled as 111711.— Elizabeth Shepherd and Geoffrey Yeo

First Known Use of misfile

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Misfile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfile. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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: to put (a document) in the wrong place : to file (something) in the wrong place

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