• WordNet 3.6
    • n misfit someone unable to adapt to their circumstances
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misfit A person who does not fit in comfortably with the surrounding situation or society; one who cannot conform or adjust to the circumstances in which he lives.
    • Misfit Something that fits badly, as a garment. "I saw an uneasy change in Mr. Micawber, which sat tightly on him, as if his new duties were a misfit ."
    • Misfit The act or the state of fitting badly; as, a misfit in making a coat; a ludicrous misfit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misfit To make, as a garment, etc., of a wrong size.
    • misfit To supply with something that does not fit or is not suitable.
    • n misfit A wrong or bad fit; something, as a suit of clothes, that fits badly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misfit mis-fit′ a bad fit, of clothes, &c
    • v.t Misfit to make of a wrong size: to supply with something that does not fit
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In literature:

He was a miserable misfit until Father found him and hired him.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He'd been a misfit at home on Zan because he was not contented with the humdrum and monotonous life of a member of a space-pirate community.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
When he tries it is a misfit.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Very many, indeed, are nervous misfits.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Another obvious misfit was Lord Chatham at the Admiralty.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
But that's the revenge of the Great God of Misfits.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
That evening after dinner, without a word of explanation to her husband, Nannie walked off to the house of her cousin, Mr. Misfit.
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Only remnants and misfits remained.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
How often do we find misfits!
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
The Cerebral's physical frailty unfits him for the manual and unless he is school-or self-educated he becomes the sorriest of all human misfits.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

In poetry:

Such is the will, the cruel will, of love-inciting Venus,
Who takes delight in wanton sport and ill-considered jokes,
And brings ridiculous misfits beneath her brazen yokes,--
A very infelicitous proceeding, just between us.
"To Albius Tibullus" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

The X-Men are mutants and misfits shepherded into altruism by the compassionate mutant Prof. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who has the ability to read minds and affect the thoughts of others.
Jailed in Killing, He's Guilty Only of Being a Misfit .
View full size The famously troubled movie, "The Misfits," will be screened at an event at the Hollywood Theatre.
Why The Misfits Are The Most Mythic Of All New Jersey Artists.
New details suggest the alleged Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was a misfit who was self-radicalized.
Young Guy was a complete misfit in his sixth grade class.
Rock & Shock 2009: Misfits + Type O Negative at the Palladium.
All Blogs On The Download Rock & Shock 2009: Misfits + Type O Negative at the Palladium.
'Survivor One World' recap: The island of misfit boys - and uncoordinated girls.
Talent Aside, Physical Misfits Rarely Make Teams.
The Misfits, Juicehead, Hood Rat, Electric Vengeance, The Hammercocks.
Band of Misfits' fires an errant cannonball%u2028.
BBC Worldwide's 'The Misfits' gets a Stateside viewership boost from Hulu.
This is the rescheduled date for Stuart Goddard's canceled February show, and we're thinking fall suits the new wave misfit much better.
Band of Misfits and Battleship .

In science:

Influence of misfit strain on the growth of non-thickening crystals,” by N.
A Critical Look at Ice Crystal Growth Data
Epitaxial ice crystal growth on covellite (CuS) - i. influence of misfit strain on the growth of non-thickening crystals. J.
A Critical Look at Ice Crystal Growth Data
Scott, Influence of mechanical boundary conditions on the electrocaloric properties of ferroelectric thin films J Appl Phys 103: 024104-1-7 (2008). 6 Q.Y. Qiu, V. Nagarajan, S.P. Alpay, Film Thickness-Misfit Strain Phase Diagrams for Epitaxial PbTiO3 Ultra-thin Ferroelectric Films.
Surface and size effect on fluctuations correlation in nanoparticles with long-range order