Definition of mishap in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪshap/


An unlucky accident: although there were a few minor mishaps, none of the pancakes stuck to the ceiling [mass noun]: the event passed without mishap
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  • If you want a novel about romantic mishaps and minor disasters, Hornby's your man.
  • Choose an area with linoleum or tiled floors in case of mishaps or accidents so the area is easily cleaned.
  • For the crew, however, new locations, the heat and minor mishaps are all part of a day's work.
accident, trouble, problem, difficulty, issue, setback, reverse, adversity, reverse of fortune, misadventure, misfortune, mischance, stroke of bad luck, blow;
failure, disaster, tragedy, affliction, woe, trial, tribulation, catastrophe, contretemps, upset, calamity
British informal car crash


Middle English: from mis-1 + hap1.

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