Definition of mishap in US English:



  • An unlucky accident.

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