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 Kyle Schwarber’s two-out misplay of a routine ground ball in the seventh inning opened the door to Seattle scoring three runs. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 The Cubs had back-to-back singles with one out in the fifth inning, but a misplay by Castellanos turned into a key out. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2021 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

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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 25 Sep. 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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