misfit

noun

mis·​fit ˈmis-ˌfit How to pronounce misfit (audio)
also
ˌmis-ˈfit How to pronounce misfit (audio)
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 From these two realms, a misfit band of supporters came together to assist Satoshi. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2024 Raised to be independent and observant, the teenager is a misfit in traditional Victorian society. Danny Horn, EW.com, 4 Jan. 2024 Saltburn is a similar blend of dark humor, pointed satire, and psychological thriller, starring Barry Keoghan as a misfit college student, Oliver Quick, who shrewdly charms his way into a summer stay at the titular family estate of classmate Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2023 In season one — which premiered in 2021 — Judy Fink and a whole cast of LGBTQ+ outcasts and misfits teamed up to help a lesbian cult finance a top-secret project. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 18 Jan. 2024 If women’s nature was all about hearth and home, those women, like me, who wanted none of it, were seen as misfits, outcasts, abnormal. Ruthie Ackerman, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2023 Gary Oldman’s band of MI5 misfits are set to return for another outing. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 2 Jan. 2024 Jackson Lamb’s island of misfit spies is the best place on television. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2023 This was the very first Christmas song performed on Glee — a fitting start given that the choir room is their very own island of misfit toys. Vulture, 19 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

misfit

noun
1
: something that fits badly
2
: a person poorly adjusted to his or her environment

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