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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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 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

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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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