- not properly or sympathetically understood: a misunderstood work of art, a misunderstood adolescent
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- improperly understood or interpreted.
- mis-1 + understood 1585–95
- to interpret incorrectly;
attach a wrong meaning to: [~ + object]The radar operators misunderstood his orders.[no object]I think you misunderstood; repeat the instructions.
- [~ + object] to fail to understand the character, nature, etc., of (someone):He continually misunderstands his children.
v.t., -stood, -stand•ing.
- to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense;
- to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
- Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand 1150–1200
- to fail to understand properly