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 Staying in England for a second, Man Utd's bitter rivals could provide a comforting home for the Real Madrid misfit. SI.com, "5 Possible Destinations for Isco as Real Madrid Career Continues to Stagnate," 23 Oct. 2019 Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in a square hole, the ones who see things differently. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The Steve Jobs speech that made Silicon Valley obsessed with pirates," 22 Oct. 2019 N’ Sip, or the anti-social misfit surrounded by pizza crusts in a dark room. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Coming to a high school near you: The brave new world of esports," 22 July 2019 The late Peter Fonda heads the cast of director and costar Dennis Hopper’s 1969 counter-culture classic about two motorcycle-riding misfits on a freewheeling odyssey across America; with Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Toni Basil. Los Angeles Times, "Classic movies in L.A. this week: Peter Fonda in ‘Easy Rider’ and more," 1 Sep. 2019 Angelica, on the other hand, is a young pyromaniac who brings the spunk into Josh's group of misfits. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Exclusive: Watch This To Learn How You Can Nail the "Daybreak" Cheermazon Look for Halloween," 25 Oct. 2019 When a corporate mega-park opens nearby, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must pull out all the stops to try and save the day. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The Bruins were an embarrassment of riches Tuesday night, while the misfit San Jose Sharks were mostly just embarrassing, all of which might have been true even if David Krejci didn’t finally make his way back into the Black-and-Gold lineup. BostonGlobe.com, "“He’s a pro. He’s been around. He’s a Stanley Cup champion,” said coach Bruce Cassidy, enumerating the Krejci’s bonafides after the Bruins bumped their record to 9-1-2 (.833). “We need him to put that line along.”," 30 Oct. 2019 For all the colorful comic book weirdness, Doom Patrol had a lot of heart, and its misfit cast of superhero characters got that way through some very real human tragedy. Christian Holub, EW.com, "See Brendan Fraser reunite with his lost daughter in Doom Patrol deleted scene," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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24 Dec 2019

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“Misfit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfit. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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