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[mis-mach; for 2 also mis-mach] /mɪsˈmætʃ; for 2 also ˈmɪsˌmætʃ/
verb (used with object)
to match badly or unsuitably.
a bad or unsatisfactory match.
Origin of mismatch
1590-1600; mis-1 + match2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mismatch
  • It was a mismatch of personalities, something that happened all the time, in all kinds of situations.
  • But a mutation in the mismatch-repair genes themselves can cause that check-and-balance system to go awry.
  • There's a mismatch between the refractive index of water and air.
  • Most people also ignore certificate mismatch errors.
  • So, the total energy will not be conserved due to this mismatch.
  • But the reason for this is due to the lack of job openings paired with a skills mismatch.
  • But the companies were too different, and their mismatch led to failure.
  • He's pointing out the mismatch in user and programmer language.
  • The resulting maturity mismatch seems to be a central element of banking panics and financial crises.
  • He attributed that mismatch to the wide age distribution and other diverse demographic characteristics of the online student body.
British Dictionary definitions for mismatch


to match badly, esp in marriage
a bad or inappropriate match
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Word Origin and History for mismatch

1590s, from mis- (1) + match (v.). Related: Mismatched; mismatching.


c.1600, from mis- (1) + match (n.2).

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