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

Examples of misfit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Linus is a solitary case worker in charge of making sure that a group of misfit kids with magical powers are safe at their island’s orphanage. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "15 feel-good books guaranteed to lift your spirits," 20 Oct. 2020 Perennial misfit Jimmy Butler -- who is on his fourth team in the past four years -- leads the team, and is complimented by veterans Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "NBA Finals: LeBron James finding new ways to define greatness," 29 Sep. 2020 The memory that 2017 Ann is desperate to avoid — or somehow miraculously change — is that of her first love, Jimmy, a misfit like herself, passionate about music and literature. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Dear Ann,' by Bobbie Ann Mason," 4 Sep. 2020 The potential series would focus on an office of misfit agents who investigate cases too wacky, ridiculous, or dopey for Scully and Mulder. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "X-Files animated comedy spin-off in development at Fox," 28 Aug. 2020 The film stars Maisie Williams (as Wolfsbane), Henry Zaga (Sunspot), Blu Hunt (Mirage), Charlie Heaton (Cannonball) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Magik) as misfit teenagers with superpowers who have to team up to fight their way out of a mysterious asylum. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Critics call 'The New Mutants' movie 'generic' and 'the sub-basement of originality'," 28 Aug. 2020 This comedy put girl power on the pitching mound and the angst of awkward youth at every position on the field for a bunch of misfit kids and a has-been drunk of a coach. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Film study: The Denver Post sports department’s favorite sports movies to ride out the coronavirus," 1 May 2020 Another mathematical misfit, a prize possession for any cabinet, is simply known as the monster. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020 Over the course of the episode, the struggles of generations of Chinese Americans to fit in here — from the 100-year-old San Francisco restaurateur Cecilia Chiang to the much younger chef Brandon Jew — is placed in parallel with the misfit dish. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Mixtli chef to be featured on ‘Top Chef’ judge Padma Lakshmi’s new streaming series ‘Taste the Nation’ on Hulu," 15 June 2020

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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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“Misfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfit. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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