To play incorrectly or poorly.

His misplay in the bridge tournament was penalized when it was noted hed broken the rules.

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  • misplay — (n.) 1889 in baseball context, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + PLAY (Cf. play) (n.). As a verb from 1824 (originally in music; 1842 in games). Related: Misplayed; misplaying …   Etymology dictionary

  • misplay — ☆ misplay [mis plā′, mis′plā΄; ] for n. [ mis′plā΄] vt., vi. to play wrongly or badly, as in games or sports n. a wrong or bad play …   English World dictionary

  • misplay — noun Date: 1867 a wrong or unskillful play ; error • misplay transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misplay — Games –verb (t) /mɪsˈpleɪ/ (say mis play) 1. to play wrongly, badly, or against the rules. –noun /ˈmɪspleɪ/ (say misplay) 2. a wrong play, move or stroke …  

  • misplay — n. /mis play , mis play /; v. /mis play /, Sports, Games. n. 1. a wrong or bad play. 2. a play prohibited by the rules. v.t. 3. to make an error or incorrect play on or with; play wrongly: The catcher misplayed the ball, allowing the base runner… …   Universalium

  • misplay — Synonyms and related words: clerical error, corrigendum, do amiss, erratum, error, failure, fault, faute, human error, misapply, misapprehension, miscalculation, miscall, miscarriage, miscite, misconception, misconduct, miscount, misdeal,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • misplay — mɪs pleɪ n. bad play, incorrect or illegal play (Sports) v. play poorly, make an illegal play (Sports) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • misplay — verb play (a ball or card) wrongly or badly. noun an instance of misplaying …   English new terms dictionary

  • misplay — mis·play …   English syllables

  • misplay — mis•play n. [[t]mɪsˈpleɪ, ˈmɪsˌpleɪ[/t]] v. [[t]mɪsˈpleɪ[/t]] n. 1) gam spo a wrong or bad play in a game or sport 2) gam spo to play wrongly or badly • Etymology: 1865–70, amer …   From formal English to slang

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