What does mishap mean?

Definitions for mishap
ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæpmishap

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mishap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad luck, mischance, mishapnoun

    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate

    "if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all"

  2. mishap, misadventure, mischancenoun

    an instance of misfortune


  1. mishapnoun

    An accident, mistake, or problem.

    After the mishap with the banana peel, he watches his step now.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mishapnoun

    Ill chance; ill luck; calamity.

    Etymology: mis and hap.

    To tell you what miserable mishaps fell to the young prince of Macedon his cousin, I should too much fill your ears with strange horrours. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Since we are thus far entered into the consideration of her mishaps, tell me, have there been any more such tempests wherein she hath thus wretchedly been wrecked. Edmund Spenser.

    Sir knight, take to you wonted strength,
    And master these mishaps with patient might. Fa. Queen.

    Rome’s readiest champions, repose you here,
    Secure from worldly chances and mishaps. William Shakespeare.

    It cannot be
    But that success attends him: if mishap,
    Ere this he had return’d, with fury driv’n
    By his avengers; since no place like this
    Can fit his punishment, or your revenge. John Milton, P. Lost.

    If the worst of all mishaps hath fallen,
    Speak; for he could not die unlike himself. John Denham.


  1. mishap

    A mishap is an unfortunate accident or incident causing minor damage, injury, or disruption; often due to carelessness, negligence, or unforeseen events. It is a general term used to refer to any kind of mistake or mishandling that results in a negative outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mishapnoun

    evil accident; ill luck; misfortune; mischance

  2. Mishapverb

    to happen unluckily; -- used impersonally

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mishap

    mis-hap′, n. ill chance: accident: misfortune.—v.i. Mishap′pen (Spens.), to happen ill.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mishap in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mishap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mishap in a Sentence

  1. Ashish Jha:

    We didn't get here overnight. This has really been one mishap after another, the single factor that really differentiates us from everybody else is denialism that has pervaded our entire approach.

  2. Marie Osmond:

    When you can't hear, you can't hear, Osmond said. I don’t care what you think. People think you can hear. You don’t know what to sing to. You don't know what pitch to sing in, and they go, ‘You know, it was lip-synched.’ just so you know, most of those big shows are [lip-synched] because they don’t want a mishap, and they want to make sure that everything is right.

  3. Stephen Innes:

    No party wants a real war, but the risk of mishap or even aggressive war game escalation is real, which could always lead to a tactical mistake.

  4. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    Saudi Arabia's rulers, instead of shifting blame (to others), must accept their responsibility in this heavy mishap by apologizing to the Islamic Ummah and their bereft families, and meeting their obligations to that effect, the Muslim world has many questions, and the deaths of more than 1,000 people in this incident is not a minor issue; therefore, the Muslim world must think of a remedy to this issue.

  5. Yu Weiping:

    The experience and lessons we learned from the mishap will help improve our work in the future.

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