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misbehave  (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv



  1. to behave (oneself) badly

Derived Forms

ˌmisbeˈhaver  noun
misbehaviour  (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə   noun


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= be naughty, be bad, act up (informal), muck about (British) (slang), get up to mischief (informal), carry on (informal), be insubordinate

Translations for 'misbehave'

  • British English: misbehave If someone, especially a child, misbehaves, they behave in a way that is not acceptable to other people.When the children misbehaved she was unable to cope.ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv VERB
  • Arabic: يُسِيِءُ الْتَّصَرُفْ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: comportar-se mal
  • Chinese: 行为不端
  • Croatian: ružno se ponašati
  • Czech: zlobitchovat se nepřijatelně
  • Danish: være uartig
  • Dutch: zich misdragen
  • European Spanish: portarse mal
  • Finnish: käyttäytyä huonosti
  • French: se conduire mal
  • German: schlecht benehmen (sich)
  • Greek: παρεκτρέπομαι
  • Italian: comportarsi male
  • Japanese: 不正を働く
  • Korean: 나쁜 짓을 하다
  • Norwegian: oppføre (seg) dårlig
  • Polish: źle się zachować źle się zachowywać
  • Portuguese: portar-se mal
  • Romanian: a se purta urât
  • Russian: плохо вести себя
  • Spanish: portarse mal
  • Swedish: uppföra sig illa
  • Thai: ประพฤติตัวไม่เหมาะสม
  • Turkish: yaramazlık etmek
  • Ukrainian: погано себе поводити
  • Vietnamese: cư xử hỗn

Example Sentences Including 'misbehave'

When she began to misbehave I felt quite entitled to avail myself of her fortune.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
He began to misbehave , partly to grab my attention and partly to pay me back for favouring the cuckoo in the nest.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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