- 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.
misconstrue definition by Webster's New World
- misconstruction noun
misconstrue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb mis·con·strued, mis·con·stru·ing, mis·con·strues