Synonyms of mistake in English:

mistake


See definition of mistake

noun

1‘I assumed it had been a mistake on the part of the overworked staff’

SYNONYMS
error, fault, inaccuracy, omission, slip, blunder, miscalculation, misunderstanding, flaw, oversight, misinterpretation, fallacy, gaffe, faux pas, solecism, misapprehension, misconception, misreading
informal slip-up, boo-boo, howler, boner, fail
British informal boob, clanger
North American informal goof
British informal, dated bloomer
rare misreckoning

2‘a couple of spelling mistakes’

SYNONYMS
misprint, printing error, printing mistake, typographical error, typographical mistake, typesetting error, typesetting mistake, keyboarding error, keyboarding mistake, keying error, keying mistake, typing error, typing mistake, corrigendum, erratum
British literal
informal typo

verb

1‘men were so apt to mistake their own feelings’

SYNONYMS
misunderstand, misinterpret, get wrong, put a wrong interpretation on, misconstrue, misapprehend, misread, miss, take amiss

2‘children often mistake vitamin pills for sweets’

SYNONYMS
confuse with, mix up with, take for, misinterpret as, confound with

Phrases

    make a mistake


    SYNONYMS

    go wrong, err, make an error, blunder, be wide of the mark, go astray, miscalculate

    informal

    slip up, make a boo-boo, make a howler

    British informal

    boob

    be mistaken

    ‘I'm afraid you are mistaken—I've never been here before’


    SYNONYMS

    be wrong, be in error, be at fault, be under a misapprehension, be misinformed, be misguided, be wide of the mark, be barking up the wrong tree, get the wrong end of the stick

    ANTONYMS

    be right