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mis·​sort ˌmis-ˈsȯrt How to pronounce missort (audio)
variants or mis-sort
missorted or mis-sorted; missorting or mis-sorting

transitive verb

: to sort (something) badly or incorrectly
… the airline claims the system performed miserably during a test period in December, missorting huge numbers of bags and dumping them in the wrong location.Arthur Hodges and Jeffrey Leib


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mis·​sort ˈmis-ˌsȯrt How to pronounce missort (audio)
variants or mis-sort
plural missorts or mis-sorts
: an item (such as a piece of mail) that is incorrectly sorted
a box of missorts at the post office
also : an instance of missorting something
If a two-person team achieved no missorts for an entire week, we were each rewarded … Victor Lipman

Word History

First Known Use


1581, in the meaning defined above


1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of missort was in 1581

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“Missort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missort. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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