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[noun mis-pley, mis-pley; verb mis-pley] /noun mɪsˈpleɪ, ˈmɪsˌpleɪ; verb mɪsˈpleɪ/ Sports, Games.
a wrong or bad play.
a play prohibited by the rules.
verb (used with object)
to make an error or incorrect play on or with; play wrongly:
The catcher misplayed the ball, allowing the base runner to score.
to make a play on or with (a card, chess piece, etc.) prohibited by the rules.
Origin of misplay
1865-70, Americanism; mis-1 + play Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A year later and he had learned that a misplay, even though it lose the game for your side, may in time be lived down.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • If the coach counselled that misplay, his counsel was an error.

  • His misplay had taken his nerve, and for a while he went thoroughly to pieces.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We lost at least fifty thousand dollars that afternoon by that one misplay.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • It was too good an opportunity to get a hold over the boy for Agno to misplay it.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • Miss Erskine fidgeted in her seat, gave half smothered exclamations, looked at him appealingly at every misplay.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • This case is excluded from the definition of misplay, and the penalty exacted is less.

    Croquet Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for misplay


(transitive) to play badly or wrongly in games or sports: the batsman misplayed the ball
a wrong or unskilful play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misplay

1889 in baseball context, from mis- (1) + play (n.). As a verb from 1824 (originally in music; 1842 in games). Related: Misplayed; misplaying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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