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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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Take Trump's remarks at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where he opened fire on media people by calling them 'among the most dishonest human beings on earth' and commenting that he has 'a running war with media,' blaming them for delegitimizing the presidency by 'misrepresenting' his views which his subalterns insist are misspeak, or concocted-evidence to the contrary.
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For one, the recent presidential debates proved to be a hotbed of contention for any political misspeak, any inflation of supporting statistics therein, and any faulty turn of phrase in the historic recollection of events.
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.
Candidates spend a lot of time talking, and they all misspeak sometimes.
It was a misspeak," says Bridget Leininger, a CNN spokeswoman.
Those perky weapons of mass destruction - misspeak.
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.