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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mispronounce was in 1593

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“Mispronounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mispronounce. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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mis·​pro·​nounce ˌmis-prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce mispronounce (audio)
: to pronounce in a way considered incorrect

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