misbehaving

misbehave

[mis-bi-heyv]
verb (used without object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
1.
to behave badly or improperly: The children misbehaved during our visit.
verb (used with object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
2.
to conduct (oneself) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards: Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see mis-1, behave

misbehaver, noun
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misbehave (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv)
 
vb
to behave (oneself) badly
 
misbe'haver
 
n
 
misbehaviour
 
n

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misbehave
late 15c.; see mis- (1) + behave. Related: Misbehavior.
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