misunderestimation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

misunderestimate +‎ -ion

Noun[edit]

misunderestimation (plural misunderestimations)

  1. (nonstandard) An inaccurate underestimation, or an act of misunderestimating.
    • 1983, "Mr. Peck", Department of Transportation and related agencies appropriations for 1984: Hearings[1], page 157:
      We find even in our own agency very significant misunderestimations of the effectiveness.
    • 2009 January 15, Gail Collins, “He’s Leaving. Really.”:
      This is not the first time our president has worried about misunderestimation, so it’s fair to regard this not as a slip of the tongue, but as something the president of the United States thinks is a word.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As with the root misunderestimate, this is usually but not always employed in jocular reference to former US President George W. Bush.