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.

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Whose name, by the way, gets misspelled all the time. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Graeter's 'Bluberry' misprint-flavor stays, a charity wins, and no one lost their job," 6 Sep. 2019 The article also misspells the surname of a Revolutionary War-era writer. New York Times, "Corrections: August 18, 2019," 18 Aug. 2019 An article in Friday editions misspelled his last name. oregonlive.com, "Newspaper corrections for Aug. 14, 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 Corrections & Amplifications An earlier version of this article misspelled Angela Dimayuga’s surname as Dimyuga. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Standard’s New Food Guru on Overhauling the Hotel’s Cuisine," 13 Feb. 2019 He was incorrectly identified as the former secretary general and his name was misspelled as Francis Kanyili in court documents. Mutwiri Mutuota, The Seattle Times, "Keino given more time to report to police in corruption case," 15 Oct. 2018 Dave Peruzzaro’s first name was misspelled in a photo caption. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, Aug. 23," 22 Aug. 2019 On it, her name is misspelled as Sabreena Carpunder, echoing the misspelling of Happy Birthday on the wizard’s cake. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Sabrina Carpenter Breaks Down Every Track on New Album Singular: Act II, Talks Growing Pains," 19 July 2019 Correction: July 18 The original version of this story misspelled Julio López Varona’s name. Gina Martinez, Time, "Some of Puerto Rico's Biggest Stars Have Joined Protests Against the Governor. Here's What to Know," 18 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce misspell (audio) \
misspelled; misspelling

Kids Definition of misspell

: to spell in an incorrect way

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