American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used as a courtesy title before the surname, full name, or professional title of a man, usually written in its abbreviated form: Mr. Jones; Mr. Secretary.
- n. Used as the official term of address for certain U.S. military personnel, such as warrant officers.
- n. Informal Used as a form of address for a man: Watch your step, mister.
- n. Informal Used as a term of reference by a woman of her husband.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Master: a word which has lost its real meaning, and become a mere conventional title: nearly always written in the abbreviated form Mr. Prefixed to the name of a gentleman, or now, by extension, to that of any man, as a conventional title of address or mention.
[The abbreviation Mr. (also M.), as found in books of the sixteenth century and for some time later, is to be read Master. (Compare master, n., 7.) Mister is simply a weaker form of Master.]
- n. Prefixed to the official designation of certain officers or dignitaries in formal address, as Mr. President, Mr. Secretary, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Clerk.
- n. Sir: used alone, in address, when the man's name is not known: as, mister, you've dropped your gloves; have a paper, mister?
- n. Trade; mechanical occupation; craft.
- n. Condition in life; fortune.
- n. Manner; kind; sort.
- n. Need; necessity; anything necessary.
- To occasion loss to.
- To need; require.
- To be in necessitous circumstances.
- To be necessary or indispensable.
- n. General title or respect of an adult male.
- n. Official title of a military man, usually anyone below rank of captain.
- n. Official form of address of a president of a nation; Mister President.
- n. A warrant officer or cadet in the United States Military Academy at West Point.
- n. An informal title used before a nickname or other moniker:
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man or youth. It is usually written in the abbreviated form Mr.
- v. colloq. To address or mention by the title Mr..
- n. obsolete A trade, art, or occupation.
- n. obsolete Manner; kind; sort.
- n. obsolete Need; necessity.
- v. obsolete To be needful or of use.
- n. a form of address for a man
- Alteration of master. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The publisher came up with the title Mister Roberts, since Roberts was the character who linked the stories together.”
“Dennis Ross, the architect of U.S. policy on the Middle East at the National Security Council, has become known by the nickname "Mister Process", i.e. the man who suffices himself with a mere peace "process" rather than achieving peace per se.”
“So when he left, on his way, he run up on a old rollin 'mill, what they call Mister Charlie's.”
“Although I did say earlier that I planned to buy a Mister Donut Fukubukuro, the first day I wanted to buy we ended up eating in Mister Donut instead, and the second day the shop we went to had finished their sales for the year when we arrived.”
“But we'll cross that bridge when the Little Mister is ready ...”
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“Tom felt, from the use of the word Mister, that he was in some way giving offence; but felt also that there was no true cause for offence.”
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