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

Write to Russell Gold at russell.gold@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications A map accompanying a Page One article on Tuesday about Harvard’s investments in California misspelled the name of the city Morro Bay as Morrow Bay. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 Correction: July 5, 2018 An earlier version of this article misspelled, in one instance, the surname of one of the employees who was fatally shot at The Capital Gazette. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "A Moment of Silence and Reporting Help for The Capital Gazette," 5 July 2018 Videos, like the first episode of King Bach’s show Your Best Life, brought up a 404 error, or worse, basic errors, like misspelling Snoop Dogg’s name or displaying incorrect timestamps for show durations. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The Zeus Network started off buggy, but wants to be the Netflix of influencers," 23 July 2018 Quickly, users began to get around these filters by slightly misspelling words and posting under new and unblocked hashtags. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Plans to Strengthen Ban on Pro-Eating Disorder Content," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of misspell

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misspell was in 1655

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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