misname

verb
mis·​name | \ ˌmis-ˈnām How to pronounce misname (audio) \
misnamed; misnaming; misnames

Definition of misname

transitive verb

: to name incorrectly : miscall

Examples of misname in a Sentence

They misnamed the airport when they called it “international.” Almost all the arriving and departing flights are local. The caption misnamed the person in the picture.
Recent Examples on the Web In the course of the initiative, Nigel Jeffries, MOLA’s ceramics specialist, has come to believe that witch bottles may have not only been miscategorized but misnamed: these bottles were likely medical objects, rather than magical ones. Geoff Manaugh, The New Yorker, "Witch Houses of the Hudson Valley," 31 Oct. 2019 In some cases, police and lawyers inflict further harm by misgendering and misnaming victims. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "What happens after a transgender woman is murdered? For family and friends, a long and agonizing search for closure," 20 Nov. 2019 In some editions, a story that began on the cover about the central SoMa development lawsuit settlement misnamed a nonprofit developer hoping to build affordable housing in South of Market. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections," 1 Oct. 2019 Perhaps more than other forms of work, domestic labor is often misnamed as love, duty, or some kind of irresistible biological calling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Amelia Bedelia as a parable on domestic labor," 15 June 2019 Perhaps more than other forms of work, domestic labor is often misnamed as love, duty, or some kind of irresistible biological calling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Amelia Bedelia as a parable on domestic labor," 15 June 2019 Perhaps more than other forms of work, domestic labor is often misnamed as love, duty, or some kind of irresistible biological calling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Amelia Bedelia as a parable on domestic labor," 15 June 2019 Perhaps more than other forms of work, domestic labor is often misnamed as love, duty, or some kind of irresistible biological calling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Amelia Bedelia as a parable on domestic labor," 15 June 2019 Perhaps more than other forms of work, domestic labor is often misnamed as love, duty, or some kind of irresistible biological calling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Amelia Bedelia as a parable on domestic labor," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of misname

1537, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2020

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“Misname.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misname. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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misname

verb
How to pronounce misname (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of misname

: to give (someone or something) a name that is not proper or appropriate
: to give or show an incorrect name for (someone or something)

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