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misspent

[mis-spent] /mɪsˈspɛnt/
1.
simple past tense and past participle of misspend.
adjective
2.
spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted:
misspent youth.

misspend

[mis-spend] /mɪsˈspɛnd/
verb (used with object), misspent, misspending.
1.
to spend wrongly or unwisely; squander; waste.
Origin of misspend
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See mis-1, spend
Related forms
misspender, noun
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  • Not to seek to change the stern decree; not to annul those bitter phrases: his dissolute career—the memory of his misspent youth!

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Pierre lives over again in swift review years of a misspent past.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • If it get the best of his hours and an autobiography out of him, neither his time has been misspent nor has he lived in vain.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
  • They talked, a little soberly, of thrift, and of their misspent years.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • He made various attempts, and then relaxed in his endeavors, or misspent his means.

  • Had I the right to let her marry him when there lay behind him those misspent years?

  • misspent moments are so much of life and character thrown away; be careful to use them all in God's service.

  • I never pass that way now without thanking God for a misspent youth.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • He had idled and misspent too many years, been vaurien and ne'er-do-well too long to be sordid now.

British Dictionary definitions for misspent

misspend

/ˌmɪsˈspɛnd/
verb -spends, -spending, -spent
1.
to spend thoughtlessly or wastefully
Derived Forms
misspender, noun
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Word Origin and History for misspent

misspend

v.

also mis-spend, "to spend amiss or wastefully," late 14c.; see mis- (1) + spend. Related: Misspent, frequently coupled with youth; misspending.

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