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mis·​print ˈmis-ˌprint How to pronounce misprint (audio)
plural misprints
: a mistake in printed text (such as a deviation from copy or a typographical error)
We all sadly know that misprints are inevitable nowadays … but there are so many here that one wonders if anyone attempted to proofread the book at all. Even the author's first name is misspelled on the title page.Steven Runciman
: a genetic mutation
specifically : a genetic mutation in which a nucleotide base in a codon has been replaced with a different nucleotide base
Gene therapy, getting under way in 47 trials worldwide, may ultimately prove to be the least toxic, most direct way to edit the misprints that cause cancer. Tim Friend


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mis·​print ˌmis-ˈprint How to pronounce misprint (audio)
misprinted; misprinting

transitive verb

: to print (something, such as text) incorrectly
misprinted "father" as "fater" on page one …Ellen Pall
misprinted adjective
a misprinted label

Examples of misprint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There’s been plenty of buzz about it on Instagram, where Hart enjoys (this isn’t a misprint either) 180 million followers. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 The anonymous clerk alerted officials that an error sheet had slipped past quality control, prompting a delay in further sales of the stamps as postmasters in D.C., New York and Philadelphia checked their stock for misprints. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Although postal officials quickly discovered and stopped circulation of nearly all misprints, a sheet of 100 was sold to the public. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 San Diego State built a defensive pedigree for so long — popping pads and unbuckling chin straps so often — that the NCAA statistics seem to be misprints. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 Due to a printing error last night, about one-third of papers have been affected by a misprint in the Green Sheet and Business sections, which cut off portions of two stories and some comics, games and puzzles. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2023 But six touchdown passes later — and that’s not a misprint — the junior quarterback looked back on the first one of his career with a smile flashing across his face Friday night. Paul Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 Collectors of rare Pyrex also hunt for misprints, pieces produced for a specific restaurant, and samples that never went into production. Angela Serratore, Curbed, 28 Apr. 2023 The information for Dillon, who justified the relevance of his being a member of the Republican party in the nonpartisan election, was replaced by a city council candidate’s information in what Dominick called an inadvertent misprint. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 May 2021
The candy, which is specially misprinted with blurry, hard-to-read messages, will be available to purchase at SweetheartsCandies.com starting Monday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. ET. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misprint was circa 1513

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“Misprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misprint. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to print incorrectly

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