mis·​judge ˌmis-ˈjəj How to pronounce misjudge (audio)
misjudged; misjudging; misjudges

intransitive verb

: to be mistaken in judgment

transitive verb

: to estimate wrongly
: to have an unjust opinion of
misjudgment noun

Examples of misjudge in a Sentence

I can see that I've completely misjudged you. I apologize. The outfielder misjudged the fly ball and it went over his head. The pilot misjudged the landing.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of misjudge was in the 15th century

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“Misjudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misjudge. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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mis·​judge (ˈ)mis-ˈjəj How to pronounce misjudge (audio)
: to judge wrongly or unfairly
misjudgment noun

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