misunderstand etymology

English word misunderstand comes from English understand, English mis- (Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.)

Detailed word origin of misunderstand

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
understand English (eng) (circus, acrobatics) One who supports others in such performances as the human pyramid.. (obsolete, rare, humorous) To stand under; to support.. (transitive) To be aware of the meaning of.. To believe, based on information.. To impute meaning, character etc. that is not explicitly stated.
mis- English (eng) Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.
misunderstand English (eng) (transitive) To understand incorrectly, while believing one has understood correctly.

Words with the same origin as misunderstand

Descendants of mis-
miscarriage misconduct misfortune mishap