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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

The name of the town had been misspelled on the map.
Recent Examples on the Web Cybercriminals will also sometimes slightly misspell the domain name to throw you off. Ashley Rose, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Shelia DeCuevas' last name. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 28 Apr. 2020 His name is sometimes misspelled Eviel, Evialt and even Evill. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2020 There’s a long list of poke joints that are actually mispronouncing and/or misspelling their main dish. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, 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, 13 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misspell was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Misspell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspell. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


mis·​spell (ˈ)mis-ˈspel How to pronounce misspell (audio)
: to spell incorrectly

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