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[mis-bi-heyv] /ˌmɪs bɪˈheɪv/
verb (used without object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
to behave badly or improperly:
The children misbehaved during our visit.
verb (used with object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
to conduct (oneself) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards:
Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.
Origin of misbehave
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see mis-1, behave
Related forms
misbehaver, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misbehave
  • If you misbehave on the road, you get your license taken away.
  • They misbehave, they're rude and they have poor eating and sleeping habits.
  • Kids bully and misbehave more when they aren't busy with better things.
  • Especially if you don't misbehave and are breaking up the marriage.
  • Students who chronically misbehave may respond to the field-tested anecdotal record technique.
  • Findings indicate that sophomores with low grades are more likely to misbehave when they are seniors.
  • Children with autism act out and misbehave not because they are autistic, but because their fears and anxieties are so great.
  • Proponents of virtue ethics argue that certain officers misbehave because they lack character.
British Dictionary definitions for misbehave


to behave (oneself) badly
Derived Forms
misbehaver, noun
misbehaviour (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə) noun
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Word Origin and History for misbehave

"conduct oneself improperly," late 15c.; see mis- (1) + behave. Related: Misbehaved; misbehaving.

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