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From Middle English *miskennen (suggested by miskenninge ‎(mistake, misinterpretation)), from Old English *miscennan (suggested by miscennung ‎(a mistake or variation in pleading before a court, or a fine exacted for this mistake)), equivalent to mis- +‎ ken. Cognate with Scots misken ‎(to not know, misken), Dutch miskennen ‎(to fail to recognise, ignore), German mißkennen ‎(to misunderstand), Swedish misskänna ‎(to misunderstand).


misken ‎(third-person singular simple present miskens, present participle miskenning, simple past and past participle miskenned or miskent)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To mistake one for another; mistake in point of knowledge or recognition; misconceive.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To fail to know; be ignorant or unaware of; appear to be ignorant of.
  3. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To misunderstand; mistake; have the wrong idea of.
  4. (reflexive, Britain dialectal) To esteem oneself incorrectly; have a false or exaggerated opinion of oneself or one's position.
  5. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To fail to recognise or identify.
  6. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To refuse to acknowledge; disown; repudiate; pass over; ignore; disregard; neglect; overlook; disavow; disclaim; disown; deny.
  7. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To fail to mention.

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