Definitions for missmɪs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word miss

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to fail to hit or strike.

  2. to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.:

    to miss a train.

  3. to fail to take advantage of:

    to miss a chance.

  4. to fail to be present at or for:

    to miss a day of school.

  5. to notice the absence or loss of:

    When did you first miss your wallet?

  6. to regret the absence or loss of:

    I miss you all dreadfully.

  7. to escape or avoid:

    He just missed being caught.

  8. to fail to perceive or understand:

    to miss the point of a remark.

  9. to omit; leave out.

  10. (v.i.)to fail to hit something.

  11. to fail; be unsuccessful.

  12. to misfire.

  13. miss out, to fail to experience or take advantage of something.

    Category: Verb Phrase, British

  14. (n.)a failure to hit something.

  15. a failure of any kind.

  16. misfire.

Idioms for miss:

  1. miss the boat,Informal. to fail to take advantage of an opportunity.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of miss:

bef. 900; ME, OE missan; of Gmc orig.


  1. (cap.) a title of respect prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman:

    Miss Mary Jones.

  2. (used by itself as a term of address to a young woman):

    Miss, please bring me some ketchup.

  3. (cap.) a title prefixed to the name of something that a young woman has been selected to represent:

    Miss Sweden.

  4. (cap.) a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc.:

    Miss Congeniality.

  5. a young unmarried woman; girl.

  6. misses, a range of sizes, chiefly from 6 to 20, for garments that fit women of average height and build. a garment in this size range.

    Category: Clothing

* Usage: See Ms.

Origin of miss:

1600–10; short for mistress


  1. Mississippi.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman, fille(noun)

    a young woman

    "a young lady of 18"

  2. miss, misfire(noun)

    a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

  3. Miss(verb)

    a form of address for an unmarried woman

  4. miss, lose(verb)

    fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind

    "I missed that remark"; "She missed his point"; "We lost part of what he said"

  5. miss(verb)

    feel or suffer from the lack of

    "He misses his mother"

  6. miss(verb)

    fail to attend an event or activity

    "I missed the concert"; "He missed school for a week"

  7. neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleap(verb)

    leave undone or leave out

    "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

  8. miss(verb)

    fail to reach or get to

    "She missed her train"

  9. miss, lack(verb)

    be without

    "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"

  10. miss(verb)

    fail to reach

    "The arrow missed the target"

  11. miss(verb)

    be absent

    "The child had been missing for a week"

  12. miss, escape(verb)

    fail to experience

    "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. miss(verb)ɪs

    to feel sad because sb is away or because you cannot do sth you used to do

    She misses her dad when he travels.; I miss playing in the snow.

  2. missɪs

    to not hit, catch, kick, etc.

    He swung at the ball and missed (it).

  3. missɪs

    ≠ hit

    The bombs missed the factory.; He aimed a kick at the goal and missed.

  4. missɪs

    to not hear, see, or understand

    Excuse me? I missed what you just said.; I think your missing the point of the story.

  5. missɪs

    to arrive too late

    Hurry or we'll miss our flight.

  6. missɪs

    to not go to an event

    I missed the first class.; It'll be a great night - don't miss it.

  7. missɪs

    to not take an opportunity

    Don't miss your chance to win great prizes!

  8. missɪs

    used before the name of an unmarried woman

    I'd like to welcome Miss Britta Sorenson.

  9. missɪs

    used to address a young woman you do not know

    Excuse me, miss, you forgot your bag.


  1. Miss(Noun)

    Form of address for an unmarried woman.

  2. Miss(Noun)

    Form of address for a teacher or a waitress.

    Excuse me Miss, Donnyu2019s been pinching my pencils again.

  3. Origin: From mistress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miss(noun)

    a title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a girl or a woman who has not been married. See Mistress, 5

  2. Miss(noun)

    a young unmarried woman or a girl; as, she is a miss of sixteen

  3. Miss(noun)

    a kept mistress. See Mistress, 4

  4. Miss(noun)

    in the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player

  5. Miss(verb)

    to fail of hitting, reaching, getting, finding, seeing, hearing, etc.; as, to miss the mark one shoots at; to miss the train by being late; to miss opportunites of getting knowledge; to miss the point or meaning of something said

  6. Miss(verb)

    to omit; to fail to have or to do; to get without; to dispense with; -- now seldom applied to persons

  7. Miss(verb)

    to discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want

  8. Miss(verb)

    to fail to hit; to fly wide; to deviate from the true direction

  9. Miss(verb)

    to fail to obtain, learn, or find; -- with of

  10. Miss(verb)

    to go wrong; to err

  11. Miss(verb)

    to be absent, deficient, or wanting

  12. Miss(noun)

    the act of missing; failure to hit, reach, find, obtain, etc

  13. Miss(noun)

    loss; want; felt absence

  14. Miss(noun)

    mistake; error; fault

  15. Miss(noun)

    harm from mistake


  1. Miss

    Miss is an English language honorific traditionally used only for an unmarried woman. Originating in the 17th century, it is a contraction of mistress, which was used for all women. A period is not used to signify the contraction. Its counterparts are Mrs., usually used only for married women, and Ms., which can be used for married or unmarried women. The plural Misses may be used, such as in The Misses Doe. The traditional French "Mesdemoiselles" may also be used as the plural in English language conversation or correspondence.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'miss' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3410

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'miss' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1052

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'miss' in Nouns Frequency: #497

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'miss' in Verbs Frequency: #212

Anagrams of miss

  1. isms

  2. sims, Sims, SIMS

Translations for miss

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a polite title given to an unmarried female, either in writing or in speech

Miss Wilson; the Misses Wilson; Could you ask Miss Smith to type this letter?; Excuse me, miss. Could you tell me how to get to Princess Road?

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