mis·​pro·​nounce | \ ˌmis-prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce mispronounce (audio) \
mispronounced; mispronouncing; mispronounces

Definition of mispronounce

transitive verb

: to pronounce incorrectly or in a way regarded as incorrect

Examples of mispronounce in a Sentence

His name is often mispronounced.
Recent Examples on the Web Fittingly, the song plays as Kamala walks through the hallways of her high school and is made fun of as people deliberately mispronounce her name. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 15 June 2022 White Limited Series features a hunky white man who continues to mispronounce the name of the country that the boat is heading toward, even after many polite, repeated corrections. Nina Sharma, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 So this person will always mispronounce that word, forever having others roll their eyes or smirk. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 A few weeks before the election, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who has served in the Senate with Harris for nearly four years, appeared to deliberately mispronounce her name during a campaign rally. Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2020 Many media, political and public figures constantly mispronounce it. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2020 Even though at times prominent Republicans vied to find new ways to mispronounce her first name, Harris was never mentioned in Trump’s interminable acceptance speech. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2020 The back-and-forth was an apparent jab at those who mispronounce Harris' first name, as Trump sometimes does. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2020 Wendy Williams mispronounced her name on her TV show, giving Lipa an internet nickname: Dula Peep. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mispronounce

1593, in the meaning defined above

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mis·​pro·​nounce | \ ˌmis-prə-ˈnau̇ns How to pronounce mispronounce (audio) \
mispronounced; mispronouncing

Kids Definition of mispronounce

: to say or make the sounds of incorrectly mispronounce a word

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