mis·​play | \ ˈmis-ˌplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) \

Definition of misplay

: a wrong or unskillful play : error

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Other Words from misplay

misplay \ ˌmis-​ˈplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) , ˈmis-​ˌplā How to pronounce misplay (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of misplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pitcher Taijuan Walker made a huge misplay in the first inning Sunday with the bases loaded and the Pirates leading, 3-0. BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2021 Walker, who pitched in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, hurt himself with a huge misplay in the first inning. Alan Saunders, courant.com, 18 July 2021 In a wild first period, the Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first 2:42 thanks to two defensive mistakes in transition, first Sami Vatanen’s mistimed pinch and then Jamie Oleksiak’s misplay that led to an extended Florida possession. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 The incident during the 5-4 overtime home loss to the Dallas Stars was yet one more misplay in and around a 24-25-7 Hawks season full of them. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, 11 May 2021 The weather had nothing to do with the misplay by the slumping McCutchen, who is hitting .164. Dan Gelston, ajc, 21 Apr. 2021 Theiss scored the third goal off a Hidalgo misplay in that short span that gave the Greyhounds a commanding lead. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Apr. 2021 Jones pointed to his own misplay of a pass on third-and-6 in the second quarter. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 30 Oct. 2020 However, that game would only remain tied for just seven minutes as the Titans took advantage of a defensive misplay to get an own goal from the Tigers. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of misplay

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Misplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplay. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misplay

: a mistake made by a person who is playing a sport (such as baseball or tennis)


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