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

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Snarky, tough, and defiant, Moe (Kiana Madeira) might come off as a misfit at first, but there's plenty under this facade. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Trinkets" Releases First Trailer for YA Drama About Shoplifting and Friendship," 30 May 2019 Barcelona misfit Rafinha was brought in on a six-month loan with the option to buy him for £35m last month while another attempt to bring in Ramires from the Far East fell short. SI.com, "Inter Boss Spalletti Reveals Why Club's Owners Are Reluctant to Spend Big," 6 Feb. 2018 This shaming sets Gerry off into a frenzy of comic vitriol, but there’s something deeper at work, too: his fear that gay culture, so assimilated now, no longer has room for loud, lonely misfits like him. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Return Editions, with Magnetic Additions, Off Broadway," 9 Feb. 2018 However, with Origi due to return to the club following a season-long loan spell away in Germany, Reds fans appear to be split over their opinions on the misfit attacker’s return. SI.com, "'Better Than Solanke': Liverpool Fans Can't Agree Over Potential Summer Return of Loan Striker," 1 June 2018 As part of the subsequent cover-up, Quinn is locked up with a ragtag bunch of military misfits. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "With Predator in theaters, it’s the perfect time to revisit The Monster Squad," 14 Sep. 2018 Corey Tenold was there to snap images of Alessandro Michele’s misfit fashion kids just before the lights went down and the music started booming. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Corey Tenold’s Best Backstage Photos From Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 The Chelsea misfit has been linked with a return to Turin by Football Italia, who claim that the Blues could be tempted to cut their losses on the striker when the transfer window opens later this month. SI.com, "Report Claims Juventus Lining Up Shock Summer Move for Former Star & Chelsea Misfit," 2 May 2018 Don Cheadle stars as an impulsive trader who captains a misfit firm with his more levelheaded lieutenant, played by Regina Hall. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘Black Monday’ Plays the Wall Street Crash for Laughs," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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