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.

Examples of misspell in a Sentence

The name of the town had been misspelled on the map.
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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misspell was in 1655

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“Misspell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspell. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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

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