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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.
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vb (intr) , -speaks, -speaking, -spoke or -spoken
to speak incorrectly, improperly, or misleadingly
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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]
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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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This statement should keep cartoonists, comedians and letter writers busy for a long time, but what are the real concerns regarding this 'misspeak'?
This statement should keep cartoonists, comedians, and letter writers busy for a long time but what are the real concerns about this 'misspeak'?
Prime Minister Imran Khan opened himself up to blistering criticism after a sincere admission and a possible misspeak during his tour of Iran.
"Pretty hard to misspeak identically in 10 interviews, but for clarity: if Theresa May won't accept our deal, then the public must decide: do we accept whatever deal she gets through, or do we Remain?
Former president Barack Obama too made a similar misspeak when he declared the US mission in Iraq over, drawing down America's troop presence there.
The counsel said he was apologising on behalf of Sadiq to everyone who was hurt by his remarks, adding that one tends to misspeak when they are delivering a speech.
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It was, as the Americans would have it, a "misspeak" and one that raises questions about Mrs Leadsom's fitness to be part of this contest, let alone to run the country.
Mr Johnson's team later said it was a misspeak by the former London mayor, adding he meant to say the EU dictates that bananas must be presented in clusters of at least four.
Mr Trump's comments sparked a storm but yesterday a spokeswoman said his remarks were a "simple misspeak".
Summary: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad.