mis·​say | \ (ˈ)mi(s)+ \

Definition of missay

transitive verb

: to speak evil of : slander rebuked, reviled, missaid thee— Alfred Tennyson

intransitive verb

: to say something wrong or incorrect knew … what the press … would missay, misunderstand, understate, and exaggerate about him— H. S. Canby

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History and Etymology for missay

Middle English misseyen, missayen, from mis- entry 1 + seyen, sayen to say

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“Missay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missay. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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