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[mis-pruh-nouns] /ˌmɪs prəˈnaʊns/
verb (used with or without object), mispronounced, mispronouncing.
to pronounce incorrectly.
Origin of mispronounce
1585-95; mis-1 + pronounce
Related forms
mispronouncer, noun
[mis-pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Such a mispronunciation as this I reproduce, for it has its significance as a revelation of character.

  • An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We teach our children to sing, but we never teach them to speak, beyond correcting a glaring piece of mispronunciation or so.

  • This is the present mispronunciation of Jacques prevalent in Warwickshire.

    The Shakespearean Myth Appleton Morgan
  • Their patience and eagerness in trying to correct a mispronunciation were touching.

  • mispronunciation, of course, is not the only mannerism of speech that may be availed of.

    The Technique of Fiction Writing Robert Saunders Dowst
  • Dolf rather missed her play upon his mispronunciation of the word, but he gave another magnificent flourish.

    A Noble Woman Ann S. Stephens
  • Some consternation was caused on our arrival at the hotel at Bayonne by the mispronunciation of one of my travelling companions.

  • First he shed the berger and then he changed the spelling of Lauten to make it fit the inevitable American mispronunciation.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • In saying, however, that the name of the city meant "Hidden," the writer has been misled by the Egyptian mispronunciation of it.

    Patriarchal Palestine Archibald Henry Sayce
British Dictionary definitions for mispronunciation


to pronounce (a word) wrongly
Derived Forms
mispronunciation (ˌmɪsprəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mispronunciation

1520s; see mis- (1) + pronunciation.



1590s, from mis- (1) + pronounce. Related: Mispronounced; mispronouncing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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