to play wrongly or badly, as in games or sports
a wrong or bad play or maneuver
Sports & Games
A mistaken or unskillful play.
transitive verbmis·played, mis·play·ing, mis·plays
To make a misplay of.
(third-person singular simple present misplays, present participle misplaying, simple past and past participle misplayed)
- To play incorrectly or poorly.
- His misplay in the bridge tournament was penalized when it was noted he'd broken the rules.
- I misplayed the tennis shot, I should have hit it to her right instead of left and she'd have had more trouble returning it.
- A wrong play.
From mis- +"Ž play.