mis·​spell | \ ˌmis-ˈspel How to pronounce misspell (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Shelia DeCuevas' last name. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How one housing agency is helping renters with multiple roadblocks break through to homeownership," 19 May 2020 In the article about businesses trying to recoup coronavirus losses from insurance companies, the name of an attorney was misspelled. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, April 29," 28 Apr. 2020 His name is sometimes misspelled Eviel, Evialt and even Evill. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Tip’s Place near Kelly was popular gathering spot for San Antonio’s Belgian community in first half of 1900s," 25 Apr. 2020 The spelling is considered to be the fifteenth most misspelled name, with 22 re-directory words in Wikipedia. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "UC students develop card game to encourage correct spelling of Cincinnati," 17 Apr. 2020 Correction, April 14, 2020: This story originally misspelled the first name of a professor of public policy and law at Texas Tech University. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 There’s a long list of poke joints that are actually mispronouncing and/or misspelling their main dish. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 For the record: 2:24 PM, Apr. 13, 2020 The name of the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn. was misspelled in an earlier version. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "How airport control towers keep operating after workers test positive for coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Also, public-relations agency Schoesslers was misspelled as Schösslers in a nearby article about Julia Schössler, who lives in Berlin. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of misspell

1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Misspell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspell. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce misspell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of misspell

: to spell (a word or name) incorrectly


mis·​spell | \ mis-ˈspel How to pronounce misspell (audio) \
misspelled; misspelling

Kids Definition of misspell

: to spell in an incorrect way

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