from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Bad; badly; wrong; wrongly: misconduct.
- Failure; lack: misfire.
- Used as an intensive: misdoubt.
- Variant of miso-.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- bad, badly, wrong, wrongly
- lack or failure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A prefix used adjectively and adverbially in the sense of amiss, wrong, ill, wrongly, unsuitably.
Partly from Middle English mis- (from Old English) and partly from Middle English mes-, mis- (from Old French); see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mis-, from Old English mis- ("mis-"), from Proto-Germanic *missa- (“wrongly, badly”), from Proto-Indo-European *mitto (“mutual, reciprocal”), from Proto-Indo-European *meyt- (“to replace, switch, exchange, swap”). Cognate with Scots mis- ("mis-"), Dutch mis- ("mis-"), German miss-, mis- ("mis-"), Swedish mis- ("mis-"), Icelandic mis- ("mis-"). Compare also French més-, mé- ("mis-"), from Old French mes- ("mis-"), from Frankish *mis-, *missa- (“mis-”), from the same Proto-Germanic source above. (Wiktionary)