Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To feel doubt or distrust about.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To suspect; regard with suspicion.
  • To think; have a suspicion or inkling of.
  • To entertain doubt; have a suspicion.
  • noun Unnecessary or unworthy doubt; irresolution; hesitation.
  • noun Suspicion, as of crime or danger.

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

  • verb obsolete To be suspicious of; to have suspicion.
  • noun obsolete Suspicion.
  • noun obsolete Irresolution; hesitation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb regional To doubt the existence or reality of.
  • verb regional To have suspicions about.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mis- +‎ doubt.

Examples

  • I misdoubt 'twas the wrath of me that brought the accidents.

    Chapter II

  • I misdoubt they do anything particularly useful with what they get, but at least the devices are out of my house.

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  • "My own," she said, "though I misdoubt I ever did fit it on my old corpse, what's swoll up with fat these last year and ten."

    Enjoyment

  • He answered, “I know not, but sore I misdoubt me that soon we shall know thereof overwell.”

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • If there be no help for it but thou must slay him, let it be by the hand of another than thyself, so none of the folk may misdoubt of thee.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Bring my daughter back to me forthright; for I am uneasy about her, because she hath been so long absent, and I misdoubt me of this.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And I misdoubt me my mother is dead of grief for my loss, and this doubt is the stronger for that she knoweth not what is come of me nor whether I am alive or dead.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.

    Areopagitica

  • Thereat fell the silence of woe upon the throng; but Arthur ran forward on the priest with drawn sword, and cried out: I misdoubt me that thou art a traitor; speak! or I will slay thee here and now.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.

    Areopagitica

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  • Apprehension of evil; fear; suspicion. OED. This word seems counterintuitive to me. To misdoubt would seem to be a misplaced or imperfect doubt such that it should be a form of trust rather than doubt.

    June 19, 2008

  • "Now there came to the ears of Earl Hakon the fame of a man overseas westward who called himself Oli, & whom men held for a King; and he misdoubted from the talk of certain folk that this man must be of the lineage of the Norwegian Kings."

    -- Sturluson, Snorri: The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald the Tyrant

    (Note: I think the link leads to the same translation I'm quoting from, but I could be wrong.)

    September 30, 2008