mis·​play ˈmis-ˌplā How to pronounce misplay (audio)
: a wrong or unskillful play : error
misplay transitive verb

Examples of misplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the misplay, though, Greene demonstrated the fundamentals by running hard around the bases despite the likely third out of the inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2023 The Cubs’ three base running misplays stemmed from trying to take an extra base. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 The feeling around the clubhouse Friday night, though, was understandably glum after several misplays extended a losing streak. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2023 The misplay put left-hander Tarik Skubal in a bind from the beginning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2023 In the top of the 11th inning Monday, misplays by both Dodgers defenders proved costly, leading to the deciding runs in the team’s 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 Forget the bacchanal on the bases that transpired Friday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies strafed Braves rookie Spencer Strider and Rhys Hoskins released days of frustration from his Game 2 misplay with a vicious bat spike following a three-run homer in Game 3. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2022 Pannone allowed two runs, although one was a direct result of a misplay in center field by Joey Wiemer, in relief of Peralta. Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2023 Entering the seventh inning in a tie game, Fishman — a senior utility player — was 0-for-3 with a couple misplays at third base. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misplay was in 1867

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“Misplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplay. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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mis·​play (ˈ)mis-ˈplā How to pronounce misplay (audio)
: a wrong or unskillful play
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