misspeak

verb
mis·​speak | \ ˌmis-ˈspēk How to pronounce misspeak (audio) \
misspoke\ ˌmis-​ˈspōk How to pronounce misspoke (audio) \; misspoken\ ˌmis-​ˈspō-​kən How to pronounce misspoken (audio) \; misspeaking

Definition of misspeak

transitive verb

1 : to speak (something, such as a word) incorrectly
2 : to express (oneself) imperfectly or incorrectly claims now that he misspoke himself

intransitive verb

: to speak incorrectly : misspeak oneself

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But intentionally misspeaking to Congress is a crime, giving his statement on Thursday added weight. Nicholas Fandos And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump Jr. Says He Wanted Russian Dirt to Determine Clinton’s ‘Fitness’ for Office," 7 Sep. 2017 Lawmakers in both parties misspeak about health policy all the time. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump needs to take Health Policy 101," 12 May 2017 The heads of the intelligence service have a long tradition of misspeaking or telling untruths that advance their agenda. Ryan Singel, WIRED, "NSA Chief Denies, Denies, Denies Wired’s Domestic Spying Story," 20 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of misspeak

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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