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
- [pl.] 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
Usage Note: Many languages have courtesy titles that distinguish women based on marital status and age. In English, for example, Mrs. has traditionally been used for married women and Miss for unmarried women and girls. Equivalents in French, Spanish, Italian, and German are Madame/Mademoiselle, Señora/Señorita, Signora/Signorina, and Frau/Fräulein, respectively. Many women, however, find the focus on a woman's marital status (a distinction which isn't made in male courtesy titles, such as Mr. and Herr ) offensive. Because of this view, in some languages courtesy titles that once indicated “married” are becoming more widely used as the polite form of address for all women. In Germany and France, Fräulein and Mademoiselle are no longer listed on official forms and documents. English is unique in its creation of a title, Ms., that like Mr., reveals nothing about one's marital status. Despite this move away from the traditional structure for female courtesy titles, in all cultures some women still prefer the traditional forms. If possible, one should refer to a woman with the courtesy title she prefers. However, when in doubt as to a woman's preference, the custom in English is to use Ms. and, in many other languages, to use the title formerly reserved for married women.
(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.