- To misbehave is to behave badly.
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.
misbehave definition by Webster's New World
to conduct (oneself) improperly
misbehave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb mis·be·haved, mis·be·hav·ing, mis·be·haves verb, intransitive
To behave badly.verb, transitive
To behave (oneself) in an inappropriate way: The children misbehaved themselves at dinner.
- misˌbe·havˈer noun
- misˌbe·havˈior noun