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[mis-ley] /mɪsˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), mislaid, mislaying.
to lose temporarily; misplace:
He mislaid his keys.
to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly:
to mislay linoleum.
Origin of mislay
1350-1400; Middle English mysse layen. See mis-1, lay1
Related forms
mislayer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mislaid
  • The second is mislaid property-something that the owner has hidden with the intention of recovering, but has then forgotten.
  • His confession had probably been mislaid in the police records office.
  • It is quite possible, probable even, that you mislaid it somewhere.
  • mislaid property is property that is intentionally put into a certain place and later forgotten.
  • Theft of lost, mislaid, or mistakenly delivered property.
  • The law has traditionally distinguished between lost, mislaid, and abandoned property.
  • The actor must know the property to be lost, mislaid, or mistakenly delivered.
British Dictionary definitions for mislaid


verb (transitive) -lays, -laying, -laid
to lose (something) temporarily, esp by forgetting where it is
to lay (something) badly
Derived Forms
mislayer, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislaid



c.1400, from mis- (1) + lay (v.). Related: Mislaid; mislaying.

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