mis·​matched ˌmis-ˈmacht How to pronounce mismatched (audio)
: unsuitably or wrongly matched
a mismatched pair of socks
In Witkowski's office, battered and mismatched file cabinets—army green, gray, beige—line one wall.David Savold

Examples of mismatched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The perceptual mismatch theory, or the belief humans become more uncomfortable the more mismatched features a humanoid has—like fake eyes on an otherwise human-like face—is a popular explanation for the uncanny valley feeling, according to a 2015 study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The mismatched stained glass lamps lighted fish nets adorning the room softly with a red glow. Jasmine Damian, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Wearing wacky, mismatched outfits that launched 1,000 memes, Portia gallivants around an Italian resort, trying to find purpose in the world. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Doing this makes for the mismatched nail style that's also super popular. Lisa Desantis, Glamour, 18 Oct. 2023 The And Just Like That actress chose a standout Carolina Herrera confection, featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full tulle skirt, to coordinate with her mismatched black and nude high heels, a hot-selling style from her SJP shoe and accessories line. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2023 Entrepreneurship allows for the possibility of a mismatched outcome, i.e. control of your own destiny with potential wealth not correlated to a paycheck from someone else. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 In photos shared by People, the friends could be seen leaving celebrity hotspot Zero Bond in mismatched aesthetics. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Sep. 2023 Sircar, who represents the state of West Bengal, was bundled against the cold, wearing a mismatched ensemble of corduroy. Daniel Brook, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mismatched was in 1638

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“Mismatched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mismatched. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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