from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A prefix used adjectively and adverbially in the sense of amiss, wrong, ill, wrongly, unsuitably.

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  • prefix bad, badly, wrong, wrongly
  • prefix lack or failure


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From Middle English mis-, from Old English mis- ("mis-"), from Proto-Germanic *missa- (“wrongly, badly”), from Proto-Indo-European *mitto (“mutual, reciprocal”), from Proto-Indo-European *meyt- (“to replace, switch, exchange, swap”). Cognate with Scots mis- ("mis-"), Dutch mis- ("mis-"), German miss-, mis- ("mis-"), Swedish mis- ("mis-"), Icelandic mis- ("mis-"). Compare also French més-, mé- ("mis-"), from Old French mes- ("mis-"), from Frankish *mis-, *missa- (“mis-”), from the same Proto-Germanic source above.


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