mis·​mate ˌmis-ˈmāt How to pronounce mismate (audio)
mismated; mismating

intransitive verb

: to mate wrongly or unsuitably
a purebred dog that mismated with a stray
With wide eyes bulging and pheasant feathers framing her face, she's nasty and theatrical, a desperate housewife mismated with the nice, pliable Albany …Anne Marie Welsh

Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mismate was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Mismate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mismate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to mate unsuitably
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