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misfit

[mis-fit for 1; mis-fit, mis-fit for 2; mis-fit for 3] /mɪsˈfɪt for 1; mɪsˈfɪt, ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 2; ˈmɪsˌfɪt for 3/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), misfitted, misfitting.
1.
to fit badly.
noun
2.
something that fits badly, as a garment that is too large or too small.
3.
a person who is not suited or is unable to adjust to the circumstances of his or her particular situation:
a misfit in one's job.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; mis-1 + fit1
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British Dictionary definitions for misfitting

misfit

noun (ˈmɪsˌfɪt)
1.
a person not suited in behaviour or attitude to a particular social environment
2.
something that does not fit or fits badly
verb (intransitive) (ˌmɪsˈfɪt) -fits, -fitting, -fitted
3.
to fail to fit or be fitted
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Word Origin and History for misfitting

misfit

n.

1823, "garment which does not fit the person for whom it was intended;" see mis- (1) + fit (n.1). Meaning "person who does not fit his environment" is attested from 1880.

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