mis·​fit | \ˈmis-ˌfit also ˌmis-ˈfit \

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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The sci-fi adventure, which stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, chronicles the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a misfit teen who combs the universe for her missing father. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Friday," 9 Mar. 2018 And now MacKenzie asked how the Golden Knights, a team of misfits predicted to struggle, grew into a massive cultural phenomenon in such a transient town. Jesse Dougherty, chicagotribune.com, "Las Vegas, shaken by tragedy, finds an unlikely rallying point: Its first-year NHL team," 27 May 2018 In time, he might be remembered not just as the heir to Ludwig Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin, but part of the American tradition of daring misfits, the line of Thoreau, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Stanley Cavell was a philosopher with style.," 20 June 2018 The role of family in terrorism It is commonly assumed that those who join extremist groups are struggling with personal crises or are misfits, drifters or disaffected loners. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 This gang of misfits has become an average ballclub. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: Red Sox, Yankees Continue to Control the AL East," 29 June 2018 His colleagues are annoying misfits, described by their quirks, like the fastidious Fredrik Melander, who has a photographic memory, passionately loves his ugly wife, and spends too much time on the toilet. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Phoenix has more scowling misfits up his sleeve than any other actor working today. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stars in the captivating addiction drama 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 The list of famous middle children includes figures as diverse as Warren Buffett and Jennifer Lopez, but for the most part, middles are reliably cast in the culture as oddballs, outcasts, and misfits. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 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, 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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