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mis-wave

verb; compounding mis- and wave
to mistakenly and embarrassingly return a wave to someone who is actually waving to the person behind you.
 
“I totally just mis-waved at that hottie. Sh**t”
Etymology : compounding of the prefix “mis-“ meaning “bad, wrong” from Old English in the 14th-16th centuries and “wave” meaning to “move back and forth” as the Old English word “wafian.”
Source : University of Houston student, October 2009
Last modified: 10 December 2010


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