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 But Baltimore loves its eccentrics, and Poe is arguably the oddball misfit of whom city residents are the most proud. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 26 Dec. 2021 Fearless seal Quinn assembles a squad of misfit recruits to stand up to ruthless sharks with razor-sharp teeth and reclaim the open sea. Travis Bean, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 While cash-back rebates have all but dried up in recent months, mainstream automakers are still helping their dealers clear any misfit cars lingering in stock, and sweeten the deal for these willing to place orders on future deliveries. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Poor Frank Vogel, a highly competent and intelligent coach who has through no fault of his own been exiled to the island of misfit toys. Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 Watts — who died in London on Tuesday at 80 — was a misfit among misfits, a gentleman lost at sea with hungry pirates, a cool jazz mind in the world’s most insatiable rock-and-roll troupe. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet, led by Willis’ rugged oilman Harry Stamper. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 25 Nov. 2021 Through his eyes, the world of Blade Runner becomes a journey through the land of misfit toys, a place humans once sought to control but have lost their grip on. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 Based on the comic book series by Charles Forsman, this coming-of-age, misfit tale is the true outsider’s answer to the soppy teen drama dilemma. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021

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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 16 Jan. 2022.

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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 | \ ˈmis-ˌfit, mis-ˈfit How to pronounce misfit (audio) \

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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