Prefix -miss is used at the beginning of a verb to describe an action done wrong or badly. Here are 10 most commonly used verbs with the prefix “-mis” you should add to your vocabulary by all means.


Meaning: A decision, action or opinion which is incorrect.

For example:

  • People always mistake me with my brother.
  • Jake’s writing is full of spelling mistakes.


Fail to understand something or someone correctly.

For example:

  • I thought they were married. I must have misunderstood.
  • Please, don’t misunderstand me. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.


Meaning: to understand someone/something wrong.

For example:

  • They often misinterpret politicians’ statements.
  • Although the exam question was clear Sara deliberately misinterpreted it.


Meaning: put something somewhere and then forget where you have put it.

For example:

  • Jack is always misplacing his phone, but luckily he always finds it eventually.
  • She was worried that her bag would be misplaced at the airport.


Meaning: treat something wrong or badly due to lack of skills or care.

For example:

  • When my post arrived, I could see that it was mishandled.
  • The politician was suspected of mishandling public funds.


Meaning: behave badly and thus cause problems.

For example:

  • Tom was misbehaving at school, so his parents will have to talk to him.
  • The cat was misbehaving, constantly climbing on the table.


Meaning: fail to spell a word correctly.

For example:

  • I’m afraid you misspelt my name. Will you please correct it?
  • Donald’s essay was full of misspelt words.


Meaning: use something in an unsuitable or dishonest way.

For example:

  • Jim’s boss accused him of misusing the company’s money.
  • Some children in my school misuse drugs heavily.


Meaning: give somebody the wrong idea about something.

For example:

  • I assure you that it wasn’t my intention to mislead you.
  • Despite warnings, many people were misled into buying that product.


Meaning: fail to hear somebody’s words correctly.

For example:

  • Since I’m sure I’ve never said that, you must’ve misheard me.
  • Jane thought that Jack was moving house. However, it turned out that she must have misheard him.
Prefix -mis
Prefix “-mis”

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