intransitive verb-·haved′, -·hav′ing
When a child throws a temper tantrum in the store even though he knows he is not supposed to do that, this is an example of when the child misbehaves.
verbmis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing, mis·be·haves
(third-person singular simple present misbehaves, present participle misbehaving, simple past and past participle misbehaved)
mis- +"Ž behave
- Children also commonly misbehave when they are deprived of adult attention or when they are tired, bored, or hungry.
- If this does not bring the attention they want, some firstborns defy authority and misbehave or rebel.
- Some of these children never seem to find their place in the social order, and they try to rebel or misbehave in order to draw attention to themselves.
- The main advantage of understanding that your kids will misbehave occasionally, is to help you appreciate you are not alone.
- The teacher gave the unruly student a caveat; if he continued to misbehave he would end up in detention.