mis·​hap | \ ˈmis-ˌhap How to pronounce mishap (audio) , mis-ˈhap\

Definition of mishap

1 : an unfortunate accident The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.
2 : bad luck : misfortune The ceremony proceeded without mishap.

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misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress. never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance. took the wrong road by mischance adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune. had never experienced great adversity mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck. the usual mishaps of a family vacation

Examples of mishap in a Sentence

We experienced the usual mishaps of a family vacation. The ceremony proceeded without mishap. The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.
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The majority of luggage mishaps happen because of tight connections or late check-ins. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do If an Airline Loses Your Luggage," 2 May 2019 The cause of the elevator mishap is under investigation. Verena Dobnik, The Seattle Times, "Woman rescued after 3 days in New York City elevator," 28 Jan. 2019 My adolescent riding career was not without its mishaps. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Get Your Kid an ATV?," 9 Nov. 2018 As first reported by Ars Technica, Boeing was doing another one of these tests last month at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico when some kind of mishap occurred. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Failure during engine test could delay Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft," 23 July 2018 For blondes, where bleach is involved, dye mishaps can lead to hair damage and breakage — not to mention tears and screaming. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ellen DeGeneres Says Her Hair Is Falling Out, Thanks to a Bad Colorist," 1 May 2019 Invest In a Concealer And when all seems momentarily lost, Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes will camouflage any mishaps into unmistakable radiance. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "5 Expert Tips for Younger Looking Eyes," 12 Mar. 2019 Pace car drivers are back in the spotlight after Sunday's mishap at IndyCar's Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Pace car crashes happen — even to the best of drivers," 4 June 2018 Of course there were a few mishaps, since not all brands test their products' THC content and others often mislabel their offerings. Gretchen Lidicker, Marie Claire, "CBD Completely Changed How I Handled My Anxiety," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mishap

: a small mistake or amount of bad luck
: an unlucky accident or mistake


mis·​hap | \ ˈmis-ˌhap How to pronounce mishap (audio) \

Kids Definition of mishap

: an unfortunate accident

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