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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This adventure dates to last season, when at least one IU player ran onto the field for a game with the misspelling on his uniform. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Nov. 2022 That misspelling, and the categorization of the plant alongside really harmful drugs like heroin, is indicative of how outdated the CSA is. Outside Online, 17 Oct. 2022 On Tuesday, the misspelling of Cuervo’s name came to light, and that problem was corrected, Rapoza said. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 The misspelling of Meaghan Buisson’s name was corrected. WIRED, 2 Sep. 2022 The name was an intentional misspelling of the rock band Cream, one of the first editor's favorites. David Bauder, ajc, 18 Aug. 2022 There was also the misspelling of the Sheenes’ last name, a mistake that the Sheenes assumed had been made in bad faith. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story included a misspelling of Hiroki Koga, CEO and co-founder of Oishii. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 Attention has clearly gone into each misspelling, unsuitable preposition, and grocer’s apostrophe. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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