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From Middle English misspenden, equivalent to mis- +‎ spend.


misspend (third-person singular simple present misspends, present participle misspending, simple past and past participle misspent)

  1. To spend poorly, incorrectly or unwisely.
    I misspent my youth making friends and meeting people. Wait a minute: that's the secret of my success!
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
      Matters of a much more extraordinary kind are to be the subject of this history, or I should grossly mis-spend my time in writing so voluminous a work []

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