mis·​time ˌmis-ˈtīm How to pronounce mistime (audio)
mistimed; mistiming

transitive verb

: to time (something) wrongly or improperly
Sometimes players will mistime their entry into the zone—skating slightly ahead of the puck—and get whistled for offsides.Jesse Granger
: to reckon or state the time of (something) incorrectly
Imboden … appears to confuse this early altercation with a later, more famous, instance … . It is possible that Imboden had completely mistimed the episode.Frank E. Vandiver

Examples of mistime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like so much else about the product unveiling, this pitch felt mistimed. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 6 June 2023 Barrero took a jagged route to the ball, mistimed his slide and saw the ball roll right by him. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 23 Apr. 2023 Zep Jasper’s corner 3-pointer bounced high off the rim, kissed the backboard and then took another bounce on the front of the iron as Kentucky’s Jacob Toppin mistimed his jump for the rebound. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 25 Feb. 2023 Atomic Heart’s visuals aren’t without their occasional drawbacks; lip-synching is regularly mistimed or just terrible, while framerates drop with distance. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 During the Starliner program's maiden flight in December 2019, a software error caused the ship's flight computer to mistime the critical orbit insertion, or OI, burn. William Harwood, CBS News, 3 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mistime was in the 14th century

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“Mistime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistime. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to time wrongly
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