mis·​mat·​ing ˌmis-ˈmā-tiŋ How to pronounce mismating (audio)
plural mismatings
: an act or instance of wrong or unsuitable mating
steps to prevent mismating of electrical connectors
The effects of mismating are always difficult to breed out of a herd [of pigs], and the effect on a beginner is such that a mistake may completely discourage him.George M. Rommel
… a cinematic mismating on the order of Lenny Bruce hooking up with Glinda the Good Witch.Patt Morrison

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mismating was in 1857

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“Mismating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mismating. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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