transitive verb

: to speak evil of : slander
rebuked, reviled, missaid theeAlfred Tennyson

intransitive verb

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

Word History


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 24 Jul. 2024.

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