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From Middle English misseien, misseggen, equivalent to mis- +‎ say. Cognate with Middle Dutch misseggen ‎(to missay).


missay ‎(third-person singular simple present missays, present participle missaying, simple past and past participle missaid)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To speak ill of (someone).
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To say something erroneous; to speak wrongly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2:
      The worde gone out she backe againe would call, / As her repenting so to have missayd [...].