Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To say or utter wrongly or amiss.
- To speak ill of; slander.
- To reproach; rebuke.
- To speak amiss; speak ill.
- v. transitive, archaic To speak ill of (someone).
- v. obsolete, intransitive To say something erroneous; to speak wrongly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To say wrongly.
- v. obsolete To speak evil of; to slander.
- v. obsolete To speak ill.
- From Middle English misseien, misseggen, equivalent to mis- + say. Cognate with Middle Dutch misseggen ("to missay"). (Wiktionary)
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“If you missay your daughter, then you missay them too.”
“And anon the king commanded that none of them, upon pain of death, to missay them nor do them any harm, and commanded a knight to bring them to their lodging, and see that they have all that is necessary and requisite for them, with the best cheer, and that no dainty be spared, for the”
“Ah, damosel, he said, I pray you of mercy to missay me no more, my grief is enough though ye give me no more; I call myself never the worse knight when a mare's son faileth me, and also I count me never the worse knight for a fall of Sir Bleoberis.”
“You should not suffer her to missay me so grievously.”
“And then she repented her and came to the church of the friars, and confessed her sins and avowed that from that forthon she would never missay to the servant of God, Dominic, but should devoutly hold his feast, and anon she was made whole.”
“For, on a time. as a man had loosed his tongue to missay of a bishop familiar with him, he rebuked him cruelly, and said that, he should leave off or raze away these verses, or go from the table.”
“And anon the devil began to missay him through the mouth of the wretched woman, and said: Thou eater of porret, ween thou to take me out of mine house?”
“Hanc mensam indignam noverit esse sibi: that is to say: Whosoever loves to missay any creature that is absent, it may be said that this table is denied to him at all.”
“And also that he forswear not him in judgment, ne make no leasings to annoy ne grieve another, nor he ought not to missay ne speak evil of others in intention to impair his good name and fame, for it is deadly sin.”
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