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.

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The first voter who asked him a question then proceeded to mispronounce his name. Reid J. Epstein, New York Times, "Steve Bullock, Locked Out of the Debate, Sees a Path Forward in the 2020 Race," 26 June 2019 But some Wisconsin words are so tongue-twisting that even Wisconsin residents might be mispronouncing them. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "17 words only a true Wisconsinite knows how to pronounce," 19 June 2019 There were other problems during the University graduation, Kriya Naidu said, including students who had their names mispronounced or were called out of order. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "Changes coming to Orange district graduation policy after valedictorian barred from speaking," 11 June 2019 Sadly, a lot of Philly restaurant names are often mispronounced, so Philadelphia Magazine found out their correct pronunciations. Ray Boyd, https://www.inquirer.com, "Overdose death changes two families forever; The future of Germantown High School | Morning Newsletter," 6 June 2019 The barista, who mispronounces his name, is also on his list. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 Along with her fair share of flubs, the comedian mispronounced the producers' names for Call Me by Your Name and that of The Post producer, Kristie Macosko Krieger. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: 'Three Billboards,' Daniel Kaluuya Names Flubbed During Nominations Announcement," 23 Jan. 2018 In an effort to reduce microaggressions in the classroom, students at Columbia University can now upload a recording of their name so their professor doesn’t mispronounce it. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Ivy League tackles mispronounced names to reduce 'harm' and 'anxiety' to students," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of mispronounce

1593, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mispronounce

: to pronounce (a word or name) incorrectly


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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