Synonyms of mistake in English:


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See UK English definition of mistake

See Spanish definition of error


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

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’

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


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

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

2‘children often mistake vitamin pills for sweets’

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


    make a mistake

    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’

    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

    be right