A young miss.
- An example of miss is the title you use when you address a letter to an unmarried female.
- An example of miss is what you call out when you want to get the attention of a young girl.
- to fail to hit or land on (something aimed at)
- to fail to meet, reach, attain, catch, accomplish, see, hear, perceive, understand, etc.
- to overlook; let (an opportunity, etc.) go by
- to escape; avoid: he just missed being struck
- to fail or forget to do, keep, have, be present at, etc.: to miss an appointment
- to notice the absence or loss of: to suddenly miss one's wallet
- to feel or regret the absence or loss of: to miss one's friends
- to be without; lack: now used only in the prp.: this book is missing a page
Origin of missMiddle English missen ; from Old English missan, akin to German missen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meit(h)-, to change, exchange from source Classical Latin mutare, to change
- to fail to hit something aimed at; go wide of the mark
- to fail to be successful
- to misfire, as an engine
- Archaic to fail to obtain, receive, etc.: with of or in
a miss is as good as a mile
miss one's guess
miss (something) out
miss out on
- a title used in speaking to or of an unmarried woman or a girl and placed before the name: Miss Smith, Miss Emily Smith, the Misses Smith
- Old-fashioned a title used in speaking to or of an unmarried woman or a girl and used with just the first name: Miss Jane
- a title used in speaking to an unmarried woman or a girl but used without the name
- ⌂ a title given to a young woman winning a (specified) beauty contest or promoting a (specified) product: Miss Ohio, Miss Cotton
- a title used as before a woman's stage name: Miss Judy Garland
- a young, unmarried woman or a girl
- a series of sizes in clothing for women and girls of average proportions: coats in misses' sizes
Origin of misscontr. of mistress
verbmissed, miss·ing, miss·es
- To fail to hit, reach, catch, or otherwise make contact with: He swung at and missed the ball. The winger missed the pass. The ball missed the basket.
- To be too late for or fail to meet (a train, for example).
- To fail to perceive, experience, or understand: I missed my favorite TV show last night. You completely missed the point of the film.
- To fail to accomplish or achieve: just missed setting a new record.
- To fail to attend or perform: never missed a day of work.
- To fail to answer correctly: missed three questions on the test.
- To fail to benefit from; let slip: miss a chance.
- To escape or avoid: We took a different way and missed the traffic jam.
- To discover the absence or loss of: I missed my book after getting off the bus.
- To be without; lack: a cart that is missing a wheel.
- To feel the lack or loss of: Do you miss your family?
- To fail to hit or otherwise make contact with something: took a shot near the goal and missed.
- a. To be unsuccessful; fail: a money-making scheme that can't miss.b. To misfire, as an internal-combustion engine.
- A failure to hit or make contact with something.
- A failure to be successful: The new movie was a miss.
- The misfiring of an engine.
Origin of missMiddle English missen, from Old English missan; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Miss Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a girl or single woman.
- Used as a form of polite address for a girl or young woman: I beg your pardon, miss.
- A young unmarried woman.
- Miss Used in informal titles for a young woman to indicate the epitomizing of an attribute or activity: Miss Organization; Miss Opera.
- mis·ses A series of clothing sizes for women and girls of average height and proportions.
Origin of missShort for mistress.
(third-person singular simple present misses, present participle missing, simple past and past participle missed)
- (intransitive) To fail to hit.
- I missed the target.
- I tried to kick the ball, but missed.
- To fail to achieve or attain.
- to miss an opportunity
- To feel the absence of someone or something, sometimes with regret.
- I miss you! Come home soon!
- To fail to understand or have a shortcoming of perception.
- miss the joke
- To fail to attend.
- Joe missed the meeting this morning.
- To be late for something (a means of transportation, a deadline etc).
- I missed the plane!
- (sports) To fail to score (a goal).
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Middle English missen, from Old English missan (“to miss, escape the notice of a person"), Proto-Germanic *missijanÄ… (“to miss, go wrong, fail"), from Proto-Indo-European *meit- (“to change, exchange, trade"). Cognate with North Frisian missen (“to miss"), Dutch missen (“to miss"), German vermissen (“to do without, miss"), Swedish missa (“to miss"), Icelandic missa (“to lose").
(countable and uncountable, plural misses)
- A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used.
- You may sit here, miss.
- You may sit here, Miss Jones.
- An unmarried woman; a girl.
- A kept woman; a mistress.
- (card games) 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.