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

  • transitive v. To put in a place that is afterward forgotten: I have mislaid my hat.
  • transitive v. To place or put down incorrectly: They mislaid the linoleum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To leave or lay something in the wrong place and then forget where one put it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lay in a wrong place; to ascribe to a wrong source.
  • transitive v. To lay in a place not recollected; to misplace; to lose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay in a wrong or unaccustomed place; put in a place afterward forgotten: as, to mislay a letter or one's gloves.
  • To place or set down erroneously; give or assign a wrong location to.
  • Preterit of mislie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. place (something) where one cannot find it again


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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