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v. mis·spoke (-spōk′), mis·spo·ken (-spō′kən), mis·speak·ing, mis·speaks
To speak or pronounce incorrectly: The actor misspoke his lines.
To speak mistakenly, inappropriately, or rashly.


vb (intr) , -speaks, -speaking, -spoke or -spoken
to speak incorrectly, improperly, or misleadingly



v.t., v.i. -spoke, -spok•en, -speak•ing.
1. to speak, utter, or pronounce incorrectly.
2. to speak inaccurately, inappropriately, or too hastily.
[1150–1200; Middle English misspeken; see mis-1, speak; compare Old English missprecan to murmur]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.misspeak - pronounce a word incorrectlymisspeak - pronounce a word incorrectly; "She mispronounces many Latinate words"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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Summary: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad.
But I'm bemused by his handy politician's excuse of misspeak, as though he suffers from Tourette's and blurted out the wrong word, as opposed to committing the tactical error of telling voters what he actually thinks.
People often misspeak or say things in a manner that doesn't necessarily convey exactly what they mean.
Those perky weapons of mass destruction - misspeak.
Another reason why communications officers should be present at interviews is so they can help the engaged official from getting too engaged and misspeak, thus saving the day or embarrassment of seeing bad things in the press.
And by the way, spherical situation awareness applies as well to logistics to maintenance to operational readiness and availability making sure we truly understand what the capabilities of our force structure are and don't misstate it or misspeak it to the combatant commander.
I don't remember doing so, but occasionally, one does misspeak and I will take responsibility for that.
Returning to the comparison with verbal language, if you misspeak a word in the course of a conversation, do you need to return to the beginning of the sentence to convey your meaning?
Despite the clear delineation--seen in most lexicons--writers and speakers of news regularly misspeak when this particular artillery piece is mentioned.
In trying to deal with this, it is so easy to misspeak, or give information that is somehow turned around on you.
Nuance's latest speech systems support HumanTouch capabilities such as discerning when the caller is speaking to the system rather than to a friend or family member; enabling callers to provide information in their own words; comprehending more information than what might be required; and easily allowing callers to back-up if they misspeak.