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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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Giuseppe Levi, the father, is a scientist, consumed by his work and a mania for hiking--when he isn't provoked into angry remonstration by someone misspeaking or misbehaving or wearing the wrong thing.
Kaine cited the Bible to argue that Trump was not misspeaking but revealing his true character.
Misspeaking has already been ushered in as a rocksolid euphemism for politicians failing to tell the truth, and we're going to have to live with frameworks, engagement and suites for some time to come.