Definitions

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  • n. Title conferred on an adult male.
  • n. A device that makes or sprays mist.
  • n. Someone's business or function; an occupation, employment, trade.
  • n. A kind, type of.
  • n. Need (of something).
  • n. Necessity; the necessary time.
  • v. To be necessary; to matter.

Etymologies

Unaccented variant of master (Wiktionary)
mist +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman mester, meister (et al.), from Latin misterium, a medieval conflation of Latin ministerium ("ministry") with Latin mysterium ("mystery"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word mister, as a prefix, or the word esquire, as a suffix, seemed a superfluity.

    Brave Men and Women

  • The word mister sounded sharply, yet not unpleasingly, to my ear: it was the first time I had been so designated or so dignified.

    Rattlin the Reefer

  • Princess, Captain Falk's unwarrantable insult to Davie Paine -- it seems incongruous to call him "mister" -- was to play its part later in events that as yet were only gathering way.

    The Mutineers

  • "No, not 'mister' -- just 'Jan,'" he answered, adopting her pronunciation.

    Lying Prophets

  • He’s the only trustee I called mister, but just because he was formal didn’t mean he wasn’t human.

    Generous Death

  • I'm not able to get through right away so I take a breath and call the mister and do my best to let him know that I still have all my digits but there is a lot of blurd and I want to be sure so can he come home and gimme a ride?

    oh the drama! a new year's day saga.

  • The mister was a tanker with the 3/64 at Conn, but he spent a lot of time at Ledward working in the post office.

    In the darkest depths of Mordor… - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The mister was an Italian cloth merchant living in Bruges, in what is now Belgium.

    The Art Thief

  • Another tool I used tonight is called a mister: put in your own olive oil and spray -- all to use less oil.

    A Veggie Venture

  • He explains, "There is a double play on the word mister - it says 'we are not that formal'

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  • In Italian, mister means the coach of a sporting team, particularly in soccer/football parlance.

    November 24, 2007