One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(added to verbs and their derivatives) wrongly.‘misapply’
- 1.1 Badly.‘mismanage’
- 1.2 Unsuitably.‘misname’
- 1.1 Badly.
Old English, of Germanic origin.
Occurring in a few words adopted from French expressing a sense with negative force.‘misadventure’‘mischief’
From Old French mes- (based on Latin minus), assimilated to mis-.
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