mis·​spell·​ing | \ ˌmis-ˈspe-liŋ How to pronounce misspelling (audio) \

Definition of misspelling

: an incorrect spelling

Examples of misspelling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two employees said the company attributed the error as a misspelling in private conversations. Jasmine Wright, CNN, "& Other Stories used a racial slur for the internal name of a hat. Employees are furious," 5 Aug. 2020 The misspelling of Tyler Alexander's first name is a testament to how unknown these Tigers are. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers climb ESPN, CBS Sports power rankings after 5-5 start to 2020 season," 4 Aug. 2020 Inslee wrote on Twitter, mocking Trump for a misspelling in his tweet. BostonGlobe.com, "Video shows Black man pinned by police and saying ‘I can’t breathe’," 11 June 2020 Slight misspellings of names suggested a foreigner. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Buying Dora Maar’s Diary on eBay and Other Classy Tales From France," 24 Apr. 2020 Correction: yesterday's Bull Sheet contained a misspelling. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "A fresh trillion in stimulus spending fails to lift the global markets," 24 Apr. 2020 Trump made the same misspelling in a Sept. 21 tweet referring to an unspecified New York Times article. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "George Conway on Trump: 'So dumb that he doesn’t know how to spell outrageous'," 18 June 2019 Despite multiple typos and misspellings, the fake recall notice has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Costco did not recall Kirkland Signature toilet paper," 26 Mar. 2020 But the disorderliness in alignment was hardly as glaring as the misspellings, though. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, CNN, "How the FBI tracked down 'the spy who couldn't spell'," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of misspelling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2020

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“Misspelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspelling. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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