misfit

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From mis- +‎ fit.

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misfit (plural misfits)

  1. (now rare) An ill-fitting garment.
  2. A failure to fit well; unsuitability, disparity.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 94:
      And the fact that Christianity's Jesus is the resurrected Christ makes a vital point about the misfit between the Jesus whose teachings we have excavated and the Church which came after him.
  3. A badly adjusted person; someone unsuitable or set apart because of their habits, behaviour etc.
    • 2008, Adrian Blomfield, "Has Russia got a new Stalin?", Telegraph, 1 Mar 2008 [1]]:
      Just to be on the safe side, the Kremlin has also banned any of Putin's serious critics from standing. Three unelectable misfits have been allowed to mount token challenges.
    She was very unhappy in Iraq and a misfit in the Army.
    The MBA was a misfit when stuck in a meeting with the programmers.

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misfit (third-person singular simple present misfits, present participle misfitting, simple past and past participle misfitted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fit badly.
    His suit was misfitted and looked awkward.

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