He gulped slightly; he smiled to show that he was being humorous— people had been known to misconstrue the Doc’s humor.
There are no more uses of "misconstrue" in the book.
Show samples from other sources
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to say this, but you are not Go, you might misconstrue, so I will: My sister and I have never screwed or even thought of screwing.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
He sent her an invitation to a group exhibition he was part of that winter, in Miami Beach, and Mae said if she found herself dOwn that way in January, she would certainly attend, and Hector, perhaps misconstruing the level of her interest, connected her with his cousin, Natalia, who owned a bed and breakfast only forty minutes from Miami, and who could absolutely get Mae a deal if she chose to come out—her friends, too, were welcome.