Definition of mishap in US English:

mishap

noun

  • An unlucky accident.

    ‘although there were a few minor mishaps, none of the pancakes stuck to the ceiling’
    ‘the event passed without mishap’
    • ‘If anything, the mishaps added a touch of endearing charm to their blaring charisma.’
    • ‘Choose an area with linoleum or tiled floors in case of mishaps or accidents so the area is easily cleaned.’
    • ‘Ashford Hospital is able to treat minor injuries resulting from mishaps such as yours.’
    • ‘The mid-air drama was not the first mishap to afflict the passengers.’
    • ‘It had been plagued with serious mechanical mishaps such as overheating and problems with cracks and leaks.’
    • ‘Despite the cheers and applause, the officers had their share of mishaps.’
    • ‘Through a series of mishaps, including a divorce that my friend went through, the book disappeared.’
    • ‘If you want a novel about romantic mishaps and minor disasters, Hornby's your man.’
    • ‘In the event of mishaps you may need to prove these were part of the original agreement.’
    • ‘The learning curve was steep, and there were occasional mishaps.’
    • ‘It is a good start to try to deal with the difficulties around medical mishaps.’
    • ‘So the final dress rehearsal passed without any major mishaps.’
    • ‘He asks Marco to make the sale and thus begins a whirlwind of scams, mishaps, betrayals and reversals.’
    • ‘It was more than just a severe mishap, more than just a typical fatal training accident.’
    • ‘For the crew, however, new locations, the heat and minor mishaps are all part of a day's work.’
    • ‘Youngsters from a north west school have finally made it to the ski slopes of Vermont - after a catalogue of delays and mishaps.’
    • ‘This mishap is a reminder that accidents will continue to occur in war as in peace.’
    • ‘One year my great grandfather was witnessing the event when a mishap took place.’
    • ‘It is the cause of one third of all car accidents as well as countless other mishaps.’
    • ‘He is perennially dogged by comic mishaps and misfortunes, usually of his own making.’
    accident, trouble, problem, difficulty, issue, setback, reverse, adversity, reverse of fortune, misadventure, misfortune, mischance, stroke of bad luck, blow
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Origin

Middle English: from mis- + hap.

Pronunciation

mishap

/ˈmisˌhap//ˈmɪsˌhæp/