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 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 Pretend for a moment that your lifelong dream is to pay $400 for a 16-second video of the Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil mispronouncing the name of your charitable organization while standing in front of a Gulfstream IV. John Cullen, The Atlantic, "The Dark, Chaotic, Utterly Mesmerizing Soul of Modern Celebrity," 27 Feb. 2020 Dear Miss Manners: My son, who is almost 3, started preschool a few weeks ago, and his teacher consistently mispronounces his name. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: How many times can I correct my son’s teacher?," 23 Nov. 2019 There’s a long list of poke joints that are actually mispronouncing and/or misspelling their main dish. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 There is precedent for players having their names mispronounced throughout their careers. al, "Name game: The Southern 120’s No. 1 prospect set to make commitment," 13 Jan. 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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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