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 The weather had nothing to do with the misplay by the slumping McCutchen, who is hitting .164. Dan Gelston, ajc, "Knapp's 9th-inning single leads Phillies past Giants 6-5," 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, "Boerne, LEE are one step from state soccer finals," 12 Apr. 2021 Jones pointed to his own misplay of a pass on third-and-6 in the second quarter. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "How will Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa respond after his poor debut? ‘We expect him to bounce back.’," 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, "Collegiate takes 26th District boys soccer title, gets revenge on St. Xavier in win," 16 Oct. 2020 After Marisnick's misplay, the Orioles went up 5-1 on Mullins' third career triple. Larry Fleisher, Star Tribune, "Orioles hit four homers, beat Mets 11-2," 8 Sep. 2020 Two of those were a result of that aforementioned misplay. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Rangers slip after breaking losing streak, give up 8 free bases in loss to Athletics," 26 Aug. 2020 The Reds ended up winning the game 4-3 and sweeping the doubleheader, but a three-run misplay with a 3-0 lead is the kind of play that can have huge ramifications. John Fay, The Enquirer, "Reds CF Nick Senzel takes blame for Castellanos' error, says he should have called him off," 3 Aug. 2020 While the two running backs in a game that featured two of the state’s best Class 5A teams went at it, a few misplays by Columbine doomed the Rebels in the end. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Pomona hangs on against Columbine in wild 5A matchup," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of misplay

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misplay was in 1867

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27 Apr 2021

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“Misplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misplay. Accessed 6 May. 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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