mis·​spell·​ing ˌmis-ˈspe-liŋ How to pronounce misspelling (audio)
: an incorrect spelling

Examples of misspelling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft is now rolling out an update to Windows 11 beta testers that introduces spell-check to Notepad, allowing the software to point out misspellings in real-time. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 The errors include several misspellings of the names of former Toronto Raptors who played against Bryant in his famous 81-point game in Jan. 2006 that was memorialized on the marble statue, which was unveiled on Feb. 8 during a special ceremony. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 Perhaps there is a misspelling in the server name or the server no longer exists; double-check the name and try again. Matt Novak / Gizmodo, Quartz, 6 Mar. 2024 Take an extremely close look at the website’s URL to spot misspellings. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2024 The passage will be as a person originally wrote it, including likely misspellings, non-sequiturs, meandering trains of thought, and the like. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The misspelling happened when Verizon Wireless set up the tri-county account, according to the Sacramento County website. Vivienne Aguilar, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The temporary block also does nothing to stop searches using misspellings of the singer's name. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 Please excuse any typos or misspellings in this story. Corey Inscoe, Charlotte Observer, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misspelling was in 1582

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“Misspelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspelling. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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mis·​spell·​ing (ˈ)mis-ˈspel-iŋ How to pronounce misspelling (audio)
: an incorrect spelling

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