Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak ill of (someone).
  • v. To say something erroneous; to speak wrongly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To say wrongly.
  • transitive v. To speak evil of; to slander.
  • intransitive v. To speak ill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To say or utter wrongly or amiss.
  • To speak ill of; slander.
  • To reproach; rebuke.
  • To speak amiss; speak ill.

Etymologies

From Middle English misseien, misseggen, equivalent to mis- +‎ say. Cognate with Middle Dutch misseggen ("to missay"). (Wiktionary)

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