misfile

verb mis·file \ ˌmis-ˈfi(-ə)l \

Definition of misfile

misfiled; misfiling
: 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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