Definitions of Misspent

  1. of Misspend
  2. imp. & amp; p. p. of Misspend.
  3. imp. & p. p. of Misspend.
  4. Expended to no purpose.
  5. Ill- spent; consumed to no purpose.

Usage examples for Misspent

  1. If your business necessitated your seeing " the House," you were put into a species of Condemned Hold at the back, where you meditated on a misspent life, until the House came with its hands in its pockets, and you could hardly blink at it in the dismal twilight. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  2. He could not restrain his tears, and went back to his bed shaken with sobs, yet aware that it was a luxurious sorrow; it was not sorrow for misspent days; there were carelessnesses and failures innumerable, but no dark shadows of regret; it was rather the thought that the good time was over, that he had not realised, as it sped away, how infinitely sweet it had been, and the thought that it was indeed over and done with, the page closed, the flower faded, the song silent, pierced the very core of his heart. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. " Father says he could spend a million dollars a year on those people, and not have a misspent cent," said Delia. – Ethel Morton at Rose House by Mabell S. C. Smith
  4. I am in hopes, when you shall have read them, you will not think I have misspent your money for them. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  5. There is one way in which leisure is very generally misspent in school- and alas, outside, too! – A Girl's Student Days and After by Jeannette Marks Commentator: Mary Emma Woolley
  6. As it is, I have to regret many misspent opportunities of my childhood. – A History of the Army Experience of William A. Canfield by William A. Canfield
  7. The nights I pass in these fearful regions are more dreadful than the days, for " night is the time for care, brooding o'er days misspent when the pale spectre of despair comes to our lonely tent;" and often when I lay me down I fall into a dim and death- like trance, wakeful, yet " dreaming dreams no mortals had ever dared to dream before." – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  8. Your time will be much misspent in every other pursuit. – Seven Discourses on Art by Joshua Reynolds
  9. The appearance of Holcroft's translation prevented its execution, but neither she nor her father regarded the time bestowed on it as misspent it gave her that readiness and choice of words which translation teaches. – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  10. When he had finished, Spencer, with a severe air, said to him: " To play billiards in an ordinary manner is an agreeable adjunct to life; to play as you have been playing is evidence of a misspent youth." – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  11. " And we do not wish our people, in the day of harvest, to stand apart, weeping for misspent years, while the rest make holiday, forced to beg, with shame, for bread that was earned by the sweat and toil of others. – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  12. And so ended the misspent life of Henry Carew- a man by nature probably no worse than many of the most respectable- seeming among us. – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  13. Summer pruning prevents misspent force, and it may be kept up with great advantage from year to year. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  14. And something of the agony of the woman's soul as she lay in torment, facing the wall, thinking of her son under the same roof, of a life misspent and irrevocable, I pictured. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  15. Farewell, we may not now recover That golden " Then" misspent passed by, We shall not meet as loved and lover Here, or hereafter, you and I. My time for loving you is over, Love has no future, but to die. – India's Love Lyrics by Adela Florence Cory Nicolson (AKA Laurence Hope), et al.
  16. Under sentence of death they all testified great sorrow for the offences of their misspent lives. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  17. The memory of his misspent life and the consciousness that he had nearly reached the end lay heavily upon his mind, and, left alone as he was for hours at a time, with no one but Jimmie and the other children in the house, he brooded upon his troubles until he grew very miserable. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  18. That it was to be expected, her own fault, the result of the misspent years of married life made it none the easier to bear.... – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  19. Languages were the sole accomplishment I brought away from my misspent school days. – The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim