mis·spell | \ˌmis-ˈspel \
misspelled; misspelling; misspells

Definition of misspell 

transitive verb

: to spell incorrectly The name of the town was misspelled on the map.

Examples of misspell in a Sentence

The name of the town had been misspelled on the map.

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Earlier this year, the White House’s public schedule misspelled the name of British Prime Minister Theresa May three times in a single day. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Trump's Executive Order Misspells (and Ends) Family Separation Policy," 20 June 2018 Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article misspelled Connor Mason’s name. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "JFK’s Excellent Adventure: “Timeless,” Season 2, Episode 5 Recapped," 16 Apr. 2018 Correction: July 12, 2018 The original version of this story misspelled the name of the show The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here Are the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Mr. Jurado’s name. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘The Horizon Just Laughed’ by Damien Jurado Review: Comfort Tunes," 2 May 2018 Saffo contacted The Star to say that the story had misspelled Spade's childhood nickname, Katy. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Kate Spade suffered years of mental illness, sister says. Suicide 'not unexpected'," 5 June 2018 Corrections & Amplifications An earlier version of this article misspelled the company Tesla as Telsa on first reference. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Bonds Reach New Low, Stock Falls Further After Downgrade, Accident," 28 Mar. 2018 Street sign tiles pay homage to family members who have died: Calle de Mama Suz (misspelled Mama Zus), Calle de David, Calle Esperanza, etc. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 An article on Friday about the Chinese tennis player Li Na misspelled the surname of one of China’s junior players. New York Times, "Corrections: July 14, 2018," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of misspell

1655, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misspell

: to spell (a word or name) incorrectly


mis·spell | \mis-ˈspel \
misspelled; misspelling

Kids Definition of misspell

: to spell in an incorrect way

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