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[mis-deel] /mɪsˈdil/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), misdealt, misdealing.
to deal wrongly or incorrectly, especially to deal the wrong number at cards.
Cards. a deal in which the wrong number of cards have been distributed or in which the cards were dealt in the wrong order or manner, necessitating a new deal and the cancellation of any points made on the hand, sometimes with a penalty to the dealer.
Origin of misdeal
1475-85; mis-1 + deal1
Related forms
misdealer, noun Unabridged
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  • The New Yorker was certainly making a misdeal every time he got the cards.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • One fights against a misdeal when one has seen the ace of trumps in one's hand.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • This does not apply to penalties for looking at the hands, or declaring out of turn, or making a misdeal.

  • Nothing of interest occurred until, in the course of the second rubber, Gwen made a misdeal.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • In the event of a misdeal the cards must be dealt again by the same player.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • The Frenches ain't had no practice, an' thar's nothin' easier than a misdeal about a youngone.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for misdeal


verb -deals, -dealing, -dealt
(intransitive) to deal out cards incorrectly
a faulty deal
Derived Forms
misdealer, noun
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Word Origin and History for misdeal

1746, "to make an error in dealing (cards);" from mis- (1) + deal (v.). The noun in this sense is attested from 1850. The original verbal sense (late 15c.) was "to distribute unfairly."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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