Miss

Definition of Miss

Pronunciation: mĭst
n.1.A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a girl or a woman who has not been married. See Mistress, 5.
2.A young unmarried woman or a girl; as, she is a miss of sixteen.
Gay vanity, with smiles and kisses,
Was busy 'mongst the maids and misses.
- Cawthorn.
3.A kept mistress. See Mistress, 4.
4.(Card Playing) 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.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Missed (mĭst); p. pr. & vb. n. Missing.]
When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will acknowledge he judged not right.
- Locke.
2.To omit; to fail to have or to do; to get without; to dispense with; - now seldom applied to persons.
She would never miss, one day,
A walk so fine, a sight so gay.
- Prior.
We cannot miss him; he does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood.
- Shak.
3.To discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want of; to mourn the loss of; to want; as, to miss an absent loved one.
Neither missed we anything . . . Nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him.
- 1 Sam. xxv. 15, 21.
What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
- Milton.
To miss stays
(Naut.) See under Stay.
v. i.1.To fail to hit; to fly wide; to deviate from the true direction.
Men observe when things hit, and not when they miss.
- Bacon.
Flying bullets now,
To execute his rage, appear too slow;
They miss, or sweep but common souls away.
- Waller.
2.To fail to obtain, learn, or find; - with of.
Upon the least reflection, we can not miss of them.
- Atterbury.
3.To go wrong; to err.
Amongst the angels, a whole legion
Of wicked sprites did fall from happy bliss;
What wonder then if one, of women all, did miss?
- Spenser.
4.To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of missing; failure to hit, reach, find, obtain, etc.
2.Loss; want; felt absence.
There will be no great miss of those which are lost.
- Locke.
3.Mistake; error; fault.
He did without any great miss in the hardest points of grammar.
- Ascham.
4.Harm from mistake.

Related Words

Frau, Fraulein, Mistress, Mlle, Mme, Mmes, dame, dona, donna, lady, madam, madame, mademoiselle, mem-sahib, mesdames, senhora, senhorita, signora, signorina, vrouw
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