Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To disapprove of; dislike.
  • transitive v. Archaic To displease.
  • n. Disapproval; dislike.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dislike; disapprobation; aversion.
  • v. To dislike; to disapprove of; to have aversion to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To displease; be displeasing to.
  • To be averse to; disapprove of; dislike.
  • To offend; disgust.
  • To be displeased or offended; disapprove: followed by of or with.
  • n. The state of not liking; misliking; aversion.

Etymologies

Middle English misliken, from Old English mislīcian : mis-, ill; see mis-1 + līcian, to please; see like1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English misliken, from Old English mislīcian ("to displease, disquiet"), corresponding to mis- +‎ like. Cognate with Old High German misselīchēn ("to displease"), Swedish misslika, Icelandic mislíka ("to dislike"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the things I mislike about fan fiction is its NAME.

    More Odds, More Ends

  • See, my concern is that our merely complaining about it may provoke them into defending themselves by pointing to the values of Free speech, accusing their critics of censorship (a poor argument, but people who mislike criticism mistake it for censorship all the time), or by saying, "Well, we WARNED you not to enter this thread if you're easily offended, so if you came in anyway and got offended that's your own fault!"

    Go! Now! Start!

  • How shall the marriage be brought about, seeing I mislike to open the matter?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the Shaykh replied, ‘For that Allah hath made the masculine worthier than the feminine; and I like the excelling and mislike the excelled.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • ‘If thy cousin be as thou hast described him, it would not mislike us to make acquaintance with him.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I never thought the day would come when I could mislike a coffee for being artificially flavoured … alas.

    Memory « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • Not that I altogether mislike banks, but they will hardly be brooked, in regard of certain suspicions.

    The Essays

  • Nor did the service of the knights mislike the queen.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • From the same it proceedeth that men give different names to one and the same thing from the difference of their own passions: as they that approve a private opinion call it opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion; but has only a greater tincture of choler.

    Leviathan

  • "I don't particularly want to disturb you, Centurion, but I mislike the look of yonder ship."

    Adrift

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