from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that misuses: a misuser of school athletic equipment.
- n. Law Unlawful use of an authorized privilege, right, or form of empowerment, as that of a franchise by a corporation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who misuses something.
- n. unlawful use of a right; use in excess of, or varying from, one's right
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who misuses.
- n. Unlawful use of a right; use in excess of, or varying from, one's right.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who misuses; one who uses incorrectly.
- n. In law, abuse of any liberty or benefit such as may cause its forfeiture.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
So give the next apostrophe misuser you encounter a break; they just might be the next John L. Magee.
However, this is simply not what typically happens: according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the average Oxycontin misuser (some 90%) has also taken cocaine and psychedelics.
In this case, the word is “adjacent,” and the misuser of that word is my optometrist.
Prahlada said, 'How doth that misuser of his tongue suffer, O Sudhanwan, who answereth not truly but falsely, a question that is put to him?
Even in redressing this wrong we must be observant of law; and therefore if it should be found that those who are doing this can plead thirty years 'prescription, they must be bought off, but the misuser must cease.
If they did not accept them, the issuance of such notes by them, not only subjects the officers to the penalties against unauthorized banking, but is a misuser, and also works a forfeiture.
I must admit to being a chronic misuser of the snooze button.
He is a serial misuser of bad/badly, not to mention baldness obfuscation products.
But like any service that allows users to post information, it also turns out to be useful for "misuser-generated content."
Woman beater, child-molester, wife-cheater, campaign fund misuser and in the case of Tookie Williams even cold, blooded murder can be redemptive.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.