Definition of misspeak in English:


Pronunciation /misˈspēk/ /mɪsˈspik/

intransitive verbmisspoke, misspoken

[no object]US
  • Express oneself insufficiently clearly or accurately.

    ‘claiming that she misspoke, she served up a second explanation’
    • ‘perhaps he misspoke himself’
    • ‘You quote Cheney on Meet the Press, but examining the transcript makes it clear he misspoke, meaning to say program not weapons.’
    • ‘Your initial response was to ask me if I had considered whether or not you had merely misspoke or had written carelessly when you made the claim that the article's findings ‘flies in the face of evolutionary theory’.’
    • ‘He may have misspoken at Davos, for which he apologized and clarified his comments.’
    • ‘The former ambassador said that he may have misspoken to the reporter when he said he concluded the documents were forged.’
    • ‘But as supporters are saying, he may have misspoken.’
    • ‘Her office later issued a correction, saying that she had just repeated back to Blitzer his own statement, and had misspoken.’
    • ‘‘I must have misspoke,’ Bartlett, now White House communications director, was quoted as telling the Globe in a recent interview.’
    • ‘I double-checked and I misspoke when I said the State Department counted Pakistan as a supporter of the war.’
    • ‘Ambassador Wilson is now saying that he misspoke.’
    • ‘If I misspoke, yes, he is saying the defense is ahead.’
    • ‘Perhaps I was misquoted but more likely, I just misspoke.’
    • ‘‘I know the vice president either misspoke or misled the American people,’ he said.’
    • ‘Well, and, Kris, as I'm sitting here and we're talking, I'm thinking I've misspoke.’
    • ‘You know, he obviously misspoke, and he paid a huge price for it.’
    • ‘I just want to make sure that I'm not mishearing you, or maybe you misspoke.’
    • ‘He made the mistake of trying to address such heckling and misspoke.’
    • ‘I misspoke on Thursday when I said you know we were just learning about it.’
    • ‘I misspoke primarily out of ignorance, but that does not excuse misspeaking.’
    • ‘Andrew may have misspoken or might even be wrong but some of the language that is used is not conducive to debate.’
    • ‘Hilariously, he misspoke and talked briefly of ‘fixed elections’ rather than ‘fixed election dates.’’