Definition of miscall in US English:



  • 1Call (something) by a wrong or inappropriate name.

    ‘the motile bacteria have been miscalled zoospores’
    • ‘The English were among the first to revive the "Louis XIV style" as it was miscalled at first, and paid inflated prices for second-hand Rococo luxury goods that could scarcely be sold in Paris.’
    • ‘One morning, returning asleep on his horse, he miscalls his wife ‘Felice’ - Mrs Charmond's Christian name.’
    • ‘Specifically, teachers should know whether to intervene when a word is miscalled, when to intervene, and how to appropriately respond.’
    • ‘While West miscalls Trebinje a Turkish rather than Bosnian town, she insightfully formulates the significance of the minarets that she saw, a significance shared by all Bosnians, whether Muslim, Christian, or Jewish.’
    • ‘We have a saying in Gaelic which is, roughly translated: If you want to be miscalled, get married; if you want to be praised, die.’
    • ‘This was equally so in Southwest Asia, that in Eurocentric terminology was in colonial times miscalled the ‘Near East’.’
    • ‘Just a reminder - expenditure on staff costs and consumables is ‘spending’, not ‘investment’, and just because Nu-Labour persists in miscalling it as spending, it doesn't mean we have to accept meekly their attempts to confuse the issue.’
    • ‘His first thought was that of every young man, who blithely thinks to pit the bravado he miscalls courage against every obstacle.’
    • ‘Before Jacob went to sea and was miscalled Yawcob by sailormen, he dwelt in dark woods, capered up jungle trees, and swayed vaingloriously from jungle boughs.’
    • ‘You must understand, Señora, that he comes for me not as a father but because of his… his affronted arrogance that many miscall pride!’
    • ‘Cold, light, and selfish in the last resort, he had that modicum of prudence, miscalled morality, which keeps a man from inconvenient drunkenness or punishable theft.’
    • ‘Sundays require solutions and once the papers are read a Protestant ethic of a related sort generally sends me back to work in petty defiance of Knox, Melville and what a reviewer recently miscalled the Scottish Taliban.’
  • 2Wrongly predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote).