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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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 Image Before the giant ape and the cancan chorus, before the daydreaming misfit and the defiant dancer, before even the dinosaurs and the dragons, first there were the RVs. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Four Musicals on Three Continents: An Australian Company’s Big Bet," 5 July 2018 Since its beginning more than a century ago, jazz has been considered a form of music created by social misfits and outcasts. Matt Schudel, chicagotribune.com, "This great jazz pianist fell into a coma for months. He came back better than ever.," 20 June 2018 Bourdain was a person who gave voice and status (sometimes too much) to the misfits of these unseen places, and who had such compassion for the everyman of the world trying to find joy amid a life bowed to power. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "He may have had a bad boy persona, but Anthony Bourdain was lovely, loyal and so damn smart," 9 June 2018

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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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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 affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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