mis·​quote | \ ˈmis-ˌkwōt also -ˌkōt How to pronounce misquote (audio) \
plural misquotes

Definition of misquote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of quoting something incorrectly : misquotation "If it doesn't show up in the drug controls, then it's not doping," [Michele] Ferrari was quoted as having said (a statement he has since characterized as a misquote) …— Bill Gifford They will defend his every misquote and misuse of scripture as the shortcomings of a new believer or even the second coming of Cyrus.— Erick Erickson


mis·​quote | \ ˌmis-ˈkwōt also -ˈkōt How to pronounce misquote (audio) \
misquoted; misquoting

Definition of misquote (Entry 2 of 2)

: to quote (someone or something) incorrectly … when it quickly became clear that these were not the facts, he took refuge in the trapped politician's standard excuse: The press had misquoted him.— Geoffrey C. Ward He misquotes frequently, providing others with opportunity to give him a taste of his own medicine.— Susan Rusinko

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1855, in the meaning defined above


1644, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misquote

: to report or repeat (something that someone has said or written) in a way that is not correct or accurate : to quote (someone) incorrectly

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