Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To behave badly.
  • transitive v. To behave (oneself) in an inappropriate way: The children misbehaved themselves at dinner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to act or behave in an inappropriate, improper, incorrect, or unexpected manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To behave ill; to conduct one's self improperly; -- often used with a reciprocal pronoun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To behave ill; conduct one's self improperly or indecorously.
  • To conduct (one's self) ill: with the reflexive pronouns: as, he misbehaved himself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. behave badly

Etymologies

mis- +‎ behave (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Carnival tradition of wearing masks, role reversal, anonymity, and general license to misbehave is still common throughout the Catholic world.

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  • "If you widen the terms of reference to say conflict diamonds include all governments who misbehave, that is a different process," said Izhakoff.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Not even Torquemada would have entertained some of the tortures that they want visited on offending players and other fans who "misbehave".

    Think Diouf is vile? Listen to the fans | Kevin McKenna

  • Of course this doesn't mean anyone should be allowed to deliberately "misbehave" if his/her general contribution is acknowledged valuable, but it makes a difference whether somebody registers here just to rant and rave, or if it's obvious that the respective "defendant" occasionally "loses patience" in face of blatantly (and obviously purposeful) ignorant "arguments", while he/she generally contributes highly valuable aspects to OpEdNews.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Some Truth For A Change

  • Annother nice example that the debate is far from over, simply stick to the dogma and pressure those who "misbehave" will not work forever. ...

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • My father didn't allow us to "misbehave" (I realize that is a judgment so I'll acknowledge that it's my definition of misbehaving) in public.

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: & you know what...

  • Re cultures killing women who "misbehave," that is loathsome, of course, but how is this infecting the West?

    "the impresario of unnecessary violence"

  • I don't think that what we as central bankers are doing is a moral hazard in that we are not rescuing specific institutions and therefore not giving stimuli to other institutions to "misbehave" in the future.

    'Mixed Feelings' From on High

  • I too would fear that the students would "misbehave" and this is the main motivation behind my not wanting to incorporate as much technology into my instruction as I probably should.

    Workshop on blogging

  • McGAHEE: Well, he seemed like a normal guy, you know, just walking in, until he started to kind of misbehave, and he seemed like he's under the influence of drugs, like he was red in the face.

    NPR Topics: News

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  • "I aim to misbehave." - Mal, "Serenity"

    December 18, 2007