Definition of mismatch in English:



Pronunciation /ˈmɪsmatʃ/
  • 1A failure to correspond or match; a discrepancy.

    ‘a huge mismatch between supply and demand’
    • ‘They were emphatic about the mismatch between their non-nuclear family structures and the conditions they are required to meet under family assistance payment arrangements.’
    • ‘So there's obviously a major mismatch between where the training's going and where the training's needed.’
    • ‘But now I have another reason to dislike the need for sleep - there is a fundamental mismatch between a baby's sleep schedule and that of their parents.’
    • ‘If nothing else, the souring climate is feeding the market's sense of apprehension about the mismatch between valuations and earnings.’
    • ‘It is vital, expensive, and technically complex, and in addition, there is a glaring mismatch between need and ability to pay.’
    • ‘She began by giving the best definition of disability I have ever heard: a mismatch between people and their environment.’
    • ‘This discrepancy may result in a mismatch between perceived and actual diet and thus lead to overrepresentation of patients in the action and maintenance stages.’
    • ‘The mortgage finance system is considered indispensable in addressing the mismatch between demand and supply in the real estate market.’
    • ‘It can also bridge the paradoxical mismatch between wide spread unemployment on the one hand and a shortage of properly trained manpower on the other.’
    • ‘For example, maybe we can solve the problem of the mismatch between theory and experiment by saying that the vacuum energy somehow doesn't make the universe accelerate like ordinary energy does.’
    • ‘The kind of deflation that economists worry about is the kind that is caused by a mismatch between the supply of money and the demand for it.’
    • ‘A result of the tax-cut crusade is that there is now a fundamental mismatch between the benefits Americans expect to receive from the government and the revenues government collect.’
    • ‘In a way, the mismatch between virus and vaccine isn't surprising.’
    • ‘He wrote at length on the mismatch between the speech and the audience.’
    • ‘This mismatch between layers of consciousness causes a multitude of misunderstandings between individuals, groups, corporations and governments.’
    • ‘We've got a fundamental mismatch between resources.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there was a distinct mismatch between the scale of the opportunity now presented and the resources available.’
    • ‘This is being done despite the full knowledge that there is a large mismatch between the obligations and the value of the underlying assets.’
    • ‘There was a mismatch between theory and understanding, when the accent should have been on continuous learning.’
    • ‘A mismatch between services needed in smaller communities and the services provided also existed.’
    discrepancy, lack of congruence, inconsistency, contradiction, incongruity, incongruousness, conflict, discord, irreconcilability, misalliance, mismarriage, mésalliance, bad match
    View synonyms
  • 2An unequal or unfair sporting contest.

    ‘there are fewer mismatches so spectators get better value for money’
    • ‘This should be started early in March, when the NCAA hoops tourney consists mainly of mismatches.’
    • ‘The resulting bout is a bit of a physical mismatch, with Fielden giving away three stone in weight but enjoying a six-inch height advantage and considerable reach advantage.’
    • ‘It's the matchups that aren't mismatches, the ones that are strength-vs.-strength, that are fun to watch.’
    • ‘The tournament witnessed many mismatches and kicked off only in the second week.’
    • ‘There was precious little to threaten their authority here, with this game a mismatch from the opening exchanges.’
    • ‘Rarely have England been able to overcome such a mismatch.’
    • ‘So it's a meaningless mismatch punctuated by spite, scrappy goals, cards and, with the exception of the peerless Pires, no flair.’
    • ‘If you believe the preseason predictions, this could be an epic mismatch.’
    • ‘Troupe is in that same mold - an athlete capable of creating mismatches with his combination of size and speed.’
    • ‘Wales went down 2-0 but many of their players played above themselves in what proved to be a mismatch.’
    • ‘Each day, you'll get a look at the best and worst match-up in MLB, along with the biggest mismatch and the marquee game of the day.’
    • ‘These games can very often be a mismatch but not always, as Yorkshire know to their cost.’
    • ‘East Bierley's home tie against Great Horton proved a mismatch, the home side winning by 241 runs.’
    • ‘Thackley gave their opponents the run around for much of the mismatch, cutting Brodsworth open at will with crisp passing and intelligent movement.’


Pronunciation /mɪsˈmatʃ/
usually as adjective mismatched
  • Match (people or things) unsuitably or incorrectly.

    ‘a pair of mismatched cops’
    • ‘In other words, his question and my answer were deliberately mismatched.’
    • ‘The 5 mismatched residues are probably due to errors in peptide sequencing since they are located towards the end of the sequences.’
    • ‘He has mismatched eyes - his right eye is reddish-purple from cataracts and his left eye is milky white.’
    • ‘We were mismatched in every way but one, and a lot of bad things happened.’
    • ‘Couples will forever be mismatched in their preferences for solo versus joint activities.’
    • ‘How should the data be mapped across various sources, and how will data users identify mismatched data?’
    • ‘Tables are covered in plain white tablecloths and surrounded by carefully mismatched chairs upholstered in green or red.’
    • ‘Many times family pictures are displayed in photo frames we've grown tired of or are mismatched.’
    • ‘The walls are painted an inhospitable pink and the chairs are mismatched and less comfortable.’
    • ‘On top of that, the capacity is mismatched with the type of mid-market average growth deals that happen most often in Scotland.’
    • ‘Not only were they mismatched in color, but they were frayed on the ends and had various holes on the sleeves.’
    • ‘The two pictures I hold in my mind are strangely mismatched, the first has a power that the second doesn't.’
    • ‘Nucleotides that are mismatched with the original sequences are italicized.’
    • ‘Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star as mismatched cops who kill a hundred people and then bond.’
    • ‘The tables don't look much newer; they're mismatched and, on occasion, wobbly.’
    • ‘Cecilia and Joe had similar tastes and almost everything in the apartment was mismatched and worn.’
    • ‘Her book, to be published next spring, claims the couple were mismatched.’
    • ‘I know most of these components come from different companies, but do they have to be so mismatched?’
    • ‘As a result, in this segment of the market, high demand continues to be mismatched with relatively scarce supply.’
    • ‘He stuck candles in wine bottles on each of his artfully mismatched tables.’
    ill-assorted, ill-matched, incongruous, unsuited, incompatible, inharmonious, conflicting, inconsistent, opposed, at odds
    View synonyms