mis·​tune ˌmis-ˈtün How to pronounce mistune (audio)
mistuned; mistuning

transitive verb

: to tune (something) incorrectly
mistune a violin
One of the cello's strings is subtly mistuned in this piece, which adds a kink to otherwise elegant, even noble, lines.Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mistune was circa 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Mistune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistune. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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