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 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, "2020 was an unprecedented year in politics. This is how it unfolded," 16 Dec. 2020 Many media, political and public figures constantly mispronounce it. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celebrating a century of Halloween in America," 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, "The Republicans Still Don’t Know How to Run Against Biden," 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, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus' comedy as Democratic National Convention host stirs debate," 21 Aug. 2020 Wendy Williams mispronounced her name on her TV show, giving Lipa an internet nickname: Dula Peep. New York Times, "Dua Lipa’s Unplanned, Uncertain, Unprecedented Album Launch," 7 Apr. 2020 The president, in his conversation with Lewis, mispronounced the tribe's name. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Trump says Navajo Nation will get more than $600 million to fight COVID-19," 5 May 2020 The group's mainstream profile has been so low-key, in fact, that Peart's name is commonly mispronounced, even by avid fans. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Neil Peart of Rush has died at 67: A tribute to rock's greatest drummer," 10 Jan. 2020 An actor who is familiar with a book’s language, nuance and customs ensures a story is told authentically, while someone inexperienced may mispronounce foreign words or perform an accent where one isn’t required. NBC News, "Why it matters that Asian representation is growing in audiobooks," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mispronounce

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Mispronounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mispronounce. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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