mis·​fit | \ ˈmis-ˌfit How to pronounce misfit (audio) also ˌmis-ˈfit How to pronounce misfit (audio) \

Definition of misfit

1 : something that fits badly
2 : a person who is poorly adapted to a situation or environment social misfits

Examples of misfit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These TikToks deployed a remix of music by Dylan Brady and Laura Les of the band 100 Gecs, which has helped pioneer this era’s emerging misfit aesthetic. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 If there is really a land of the misfit toys, this is it. John General, CNN, "Here's what really happens to the items you return online," 30 Jan. 2021 All the while, the band of misfit traders continued laughing — all the way to their digital banks. New York Times, "The Misfits Shaking Wall Street," 29 Jan. 2021 Familiar tropes get a raucous refresh when an underdog brainiac teams up with misfit dancers to pop-and-lock like a champ. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a holiday escape? 100 entertaining movies from 2020 you still have time to stream," 21 Dec. 2020 That still comes through in his first show to launch at Netflix, The Politician, which can’t seem to decide whether Ben Platt’s high-school-schemer character is an ambitious sociopath or a sympathetic misfit. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "With a big Netflix deal and the power to green-light almost anything, Ryan Murphy has become the ultimate insider. And his work is suffering.," 4 Jan. 2021 The clock is ticking on all those misfit empty-box SPACs, and yet the money continues to flow into the creation of new ones. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "What the markets want for Christmas: for starters, a trillion in stimulus spending," 18 Dec. 2020 Maybe that’s because all the misfit toys find homes, even the doll who seems just fine to me. Washington Post, "Why my first Christmas as a single mother was my best ever," 7 Dec. 2020 His father was absent, and Walter, his sister, and their mother lived among the misfit sidewalk characters made famous by his childhood neighbor, Bill Cosby. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, "Walter Williams, 1936-2020," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of misfit

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misfit was circa 1823

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“Misfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfit. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misfit

: a person who is different from other people and who does not seem to belong in a particular group or situation


mis·​fit | \ mis-ˈfit How to pronounce misfit (audio) , ˈmis-ˌfit \

Kids Definition of misfit

1 : something that is the wrong shape or size or is inappropriate
2 : a person who does not seem to belong in a particular group or situation

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