misspeak

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English misspeken, mispeken, mysspeken, from Old English *misspecan, missprecan (to murmur), equivalent to mis- +‎ speak.

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misspeak (third-person singular simple present misspeaks, present participle misspeaking, simple past misspoke, past participle misspoken)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, chiefly US) To fail to pronounce, utter, or speak correctly
    Either I misspoke or you misheard.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To speak insultingly or disrespectfully.

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