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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Antonio Brown, newly acquired by the Raiders from the Pittsburgh Steelers, missed the start of this preseason because of blistered feet apparently caused by a cryotherapy chamber mishap. New York Times, "The Ezekiel Elliott Drama Ends: He’s Back With the Cowboys," 4 Sep. 2019 The Teen Mom star suffered a wardrobe mishap on the red carpet of the Ad Astra screening. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Farrah Abraham Has Wardrobe Malfunction as She Goes Commando on Venice Film Festival Red Carpet," 30 Aug. 2019 Aside from the helmet issue, Brown has also been recuperating from extreme frostbite suffered during a mishap during a cryotherapy session. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown practices with 'certified' helmet amid NFL grievance," 20 Aug. 2019 Brown wouldn’t be the first athlete to have a mishap with cryotherapy. Gary Peterson, The Denver Post, "Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has been missing practice due to frostbite, report says," 7 Aug. 2019 After a mishap with a glass ornament and a brief but mortifying time-out for Noah, the three shoppers sit down to enjoy cinnamon buns and chocolate cake. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Season’s Readings," 30 Nov. 2018 The list of considerations includes storage of rocket fuel, wastewater disposal, noise along flight routes, and the potential impact of a launch mishap or other accident. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral Can Now Launch Commercial Spaceplanes," 9 Nov. 2018 Since the Raiders last practiced with Brown, the public has learned of the receiver’s diagnosis of frostbite — reportedly due to a cryotherapy mishap — and his helmet dilemma with the NFL. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ receiver Antonio Brown nears return to practice," 16 Aug. 2019 However, the Queen found a solution to the décor mishaps. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Just Revealed Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Christmas Antics," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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