Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The mistress of a household.
  • n. Informal Used as a term of reference by a man of his wife.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of missus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mistress; a wife; -- so used by the illiterate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mistress: a contracted form in colloquial or provincial use. The word thus contracted is spelled out chiefly in representations of vulgar speech; but as a title it is in universal spoken use in the form *missess or rather misses (mis′ ez), and is almost invariably written Mrs. See mistress.
  • n. A wife.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal term of address for someone's wife

Etymologies

Alteration of mistress.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • If Grover wasn't so stand-offish, we might tell her about it, and she could tell the Saint -- that's what we call the missis; the Saint would soon put a stop to all that nonsense.

    Esther Waters

  • "Good-mornin ', missis; and why are you sittin' out thar, when thar is such a nice cabin to be in?"

    Six Months in Mexico

  • He called the missis, and they got her into the kitchen and gave her a cup of tea and put her to bed, and she'll never get up again, it seems.

    Women of the Country

  • "That's the missis, that is," said Mr. Mardon, in a lower and semi-confidential voice.

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • Can't you see that we're both Pups in the Wood and the missis is the cruel uncle after you with the dish towel and me with the flea liniment and a pink bow to tie on my tail.

    The Four Million

  • She was very glad they were good to-night, because, as "missis" was away, she had made up her mind to go to a party herself, the house-maid having promised to run up to the nursery if she heard the children calling.

    Harper's Young People, November 4, 1879 An Illustrated Weekly

  • He implored me to beg "missis" to forgive him, and I couldn't help taking his part, though

    The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865,

  • Very likely she found it embarrassing to be called the "missis," and this was why she could neither eat last night nor stay here today.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • The girl who had come down the stairs with the message from the "missis" was no servant, but Eilert's young wife.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • The master could not do much; he had long, long hours in his business; but I used to watch Ursula, morning after morning, superintending her domain, with her faithful attendant Jem – Jem adored his "missis".

    John Halifax, Gentleman

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