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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This world premiere imagines what later happened to the misfit toys rescued by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "Pride Films and Plays announces full 2019-20 season," 27 Aug. 2019 Having sold misfit Renato Sanches to Lille, Bayern have immediately activated the £36m release clause of Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca. SI.com, "Marc Roca: 4 Things to Know About Bayern's Latest Transfer Target," 23 Aug. 2019 Only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings — before their own secrets are revealed to the world. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shawn Levy-James Wan's Horror 'There's Someone Inside Your House' Sets Cast (Exclusive)," 14 Aug. 2019 The documentary about misfit friends from Rochester who put on a public-access TV show in the mid-1990s launched at the Slamdance Film Festival, where White is now a programmer. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Vidlings & Tapeheads fest, now in its 3rd year, brings together film, art and local bands," 27 June 2019 Lowe was a poor, misfit teenager in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grieving Milwaukee families call him in their worst moment. Who is the man at the other end of the line?," 29 June 2018 The vice principal makes a high-school gym teacher teach catch-up English to a group of misfits. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Bill Murray and Harold Ramis lead the military misfits in Ivan Reitman's raucous, raunchy spin on the durable comedy genre (Available to stream via rent or purchase on Amazon Prime, Fandango Now and Vudu). Scott Huver, CNN, "All-American double features to stream over the Fourth of July," 3 July 2019 And the band of misfits are weirdly likable and awesomely talented. Marc Silver, Washington Post, "HBO’s absurdist comedy ‘Los Espookys’ is a scary good time," 23 June 2019

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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 spread over or through

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