mispronounce

verb
mis·pro·nounce | \ˌmis-prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
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.

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Levine cold-called the chief operating officer, mispronouncing his name badly and getting an earful for it — and an invitation to New York. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Dozens of emails and messages have poured in since, with most readers chiming in with their own words that tend to get mispronounced. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders say these 20 pronunciations trip them up the most," 28 June 2018 Miller’s father called him, but initially asked for Phan, the younger Miller’s Vietnamese name, mispronouncing it. NBC News, "Son of U.S. soldier left behind in Vietnam helps other 'Amerasians' reunite with families," 15 June 2018 But that doesn't stop coaches, fans and even commentators from mispronouncing his name. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "How do You Pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo?," 18 Apr. 2018 And for two decades people have been mispronouncing her name. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "Memorial Day weekend in music: Westport Roots fest, The Decemberists, Kimbra | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Galanis said some stars have mispronounced a name or forgotten to say the video recipient’s name in the message. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago-based company lets you send personalized shout-outs from celebs to your friends," 13 Apr. 2018 About 50 percent of his customers mispronounce the word. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "It's not quite a smoothie or a sorbet: Get your acai bowl fix at this healthy shop in NuLu," 16 Apr. 2018 Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘s producers Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin — all of whom Haddish mispronounced during Jan. 23’s early-morning live-stream. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Tiffany Haddish Learned She Didn't Land an Oscar Nomination Before Presenting the Nominees," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mispronounce

1593, in the meaning defined above

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mispronounce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mispronounce

: to pronounce (a word or name) incorrectly

mispronounce

verb
mis·pro·nounce | \ˌmis-prə-ˈnau̇ns \
mispronounced; mispronouncing

Kids Definition of mispronounce

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

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