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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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 In theory, the Penguin is an ideal villain for Burton to tackle, because Burton’s career has essentially been defined by his capacity to empathize with misfits. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Do Tim Burton’s Batman Movies Hold Up?," 7 Feb. 2018 This is partly due to the fact that Tumblr was never intended to be a grassroots haven for internet misfits. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Season-four premiere; the Arrowverse’s group of misfits welcomes a new member, Constantine the demon hunter, who helps the team clean up a magical mess; Nate and Rory go on an adventure; Nate faces someone from his past; 9 p.m. Monday on KSTW. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "TV Picks for Monday: ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’," 22 Oct. 2018 With a focus on underdogs, misfits, and accidental heroes, Lee’s work was filled with flawed characters and themes of responsibility that grew more overt as the cultural tides shifted. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Remembering Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics Legend, Dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018

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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 , 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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