- To misconstrue is to interpret something in the wrong way or to understand someone's actions or intentions differently than intended.
When your cute neighbor is staring at you because you have spinach in your teeth and you think he's looking because you have a cute new haircut, this is an example of a time when you misconstrue his attention.
transitive verbmis·con·strued, mis·con·stru·ing, mis·con·strues
(third-person singular simple present misconstrues, present participle misconstruing, simple past and past participle misconstrued)
mis- +"Ž construe