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Etymology

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From Middle English mishapnen, equivalent to mis- +‎ happen.

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Verb

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mishappen (third-person singular simple present mishappens, present participle mishappening, simple past and past participle mishappened)

  1. (obsolete) To encounter grief or misfortune.
  2. (now rare) To happen through misfortune.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book I, Canto III”, in The Faerie Queene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
      His fearefull friends weare out the wofull night, / Ne dare to weepe, nor seeme to vnderstand / The heauie hap, which on them is alight, / Affraid, least to themselues the like mishappen might.
  3. (intransitive) To happen ill; fare ill.