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 In a 4-3-3, the Portuguese international is sometimes something of a misfit. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Pritchard: We were thrust into this craziness, but we were thrust into it together as this little weird batch of misfit kids. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2022 Lukaku joined fellow misfit Timo Werner (brought on for $66 million two years ago) as a talisman of the club’s massive spending—and its lack of return on investment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 Elwin is Mistle — a member of The Rats, who are a gang of misfit teenagers who steal from the rich and give to themselves…and sometimes the poor. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 In his closing argument, Gibbons painted Fox as a misfit who couldn't stop smoking pot, and whose only friends were FBI undercover agents and informants who were spying on him. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2022 It’s being a misfit and a slacker and a stoner and a slam poet and the lead trombonist for an indie-ska band called Stick It to the Man for Now but Ultimately Start a Family and Get a Great Job at a Health-Care Corporation. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 My little misfit walked away with one more normal social interaction under his belt and a pink rain poncho that fit him perfectly. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Armageddon — After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for misfit


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

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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