from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fall badly or incorrectly; happen unfortunately (to); mishappen; turn out badly.
  • n. A mishap; accident; bad luck; misfortune.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To befall, as ill luck; to happen to unluckily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall out unluckily.'


From Middle English misfallen, equivalent to mis- +‎ fall. Cognate with Dutch misvallen ("to misfall, miss in falling, displease, miscarry"), German missfallen ("to displease"), Icelandic misfalla ("to misuse"). (Wiktionary)


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