From Middle English misspeken, mispeken, mysspeken, from Old English *misspecan, missprecan (“to murmur”), equivalent to mis- + speak.
misspeak (third-person singular simple present misspeaks, present participle misspeaking, simple past misspoke, past participle misspoken)
- (transitive, intransitive, chiefly US) To fail to pronounce, utter, or speak correctly
- Either I misspoke or you misheard.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To speak insultingly or disrespectfully.
to fail to pronounce, utter, or speak correctly