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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Corrections & Amplifications The last name of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, was misspelled as Neto in an earlier version of this article. Bob Davis, WSJ, "U.S., Mexico and Canada Sign Pact to Replace Nafta," 30 Nov. 2018 No words have been harmed (or misspelled) in the making of Ava Nirui’s second collaboration with Marc Jacobs, which drops today after much buildup. Vogue, "You Won’t Believe What Ava Nirui Dreamed Up for Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018 Staples Center: In the July 5 Business section, an article about a technology used at Staples Center to pull water from the air misspelled the last name of Lee Zeidman, president of Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, as Seidman. latimes.com, "For the Record," 11 July 2018 The story also misspelled the name of a witness, Dr. Judy Melinek, in one reference. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Corrections and clarifications," 20 June 2018 The article also misspelled the last name of the device's inventor, Jason Wersland, as Werland. latimes.com, "For the Record," 21 Mar. 2018 An earlier version of this article misspelled the city’s name in a photo caption. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 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

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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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to make faulty or ineffective

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