transitive verb (mislaid; -laying) Date: 1614 to put in an unremembered place ; lose <
he mislaid his car keys

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  • Mislay — Mis*lay , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mislaid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mislaying}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay in a wrong place; to ascribe to a wrong source. [1913 Webster] The fault is generally mislaid upon nature. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay in a place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mislay — index dislocate, disorient, lose (be deprived of) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mislay — (v.) c.1400, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + LAY (Cf. lay) (v.). Related: Mislaid; mislaying …   Etymology dictionary

  • mislay — *misplace …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mislay — ► VERB (past and past part. mislaid) ▪ lose (an object) by temporarily forgetting where one has left it …   English terms dictionary

  • mislay — [mislā′] vt. mislaid, mislaying [see MIS 1 & LAY1, v.] to put in a place afterward forgotten or not easily found …   English World dictionary

  • mislay — UK [mɪsˈleɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms mislay : present tense I/you/we/they mislay he/she/it mislays present participle mislaying past tense mislaid UK [mɪsˈleɪd] / US past participle mislaid to lose something for a time, especially… …   English dictionary

  • mislay — mislayer, n. /mis lay /, v.t., mislaid, mislaying. 1. to lose temporarily; misplace: He mislaid his keys. 2. to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly: to mislay linoleum. [1350 1400; ME mysse layen. See MIS 1, LAY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • mislay — [[t]mɪ̱sle͟ɪ[/t]] mislays, mislaying, mislaid VERB If you mislay something, you put it somewhere and then forget where you have put it. [V n] I appear to have mislaid my jumper. Syn: misplace …   English dictionary

  • mislay — mis•lay [[t]mɪsˈleɪ[/t]] v. t. laid, lay•ing 1) to lose temporarily; misplace: I mislaid my keys[/ex] 2) to lay or place wrongly; arrange or situate improperly: to mislay linoleum[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400 mis•lay′er, n …   From formal English to slang

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