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[mis-iz, -is] /ˈmɪs ɪz, -ɪs/
Older Use. wife:
I'll have to ask the missis.
the mistress of a household.
Also, missus.
Origin of missis
First recorded in 1780-90; variant of mistress Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for missis
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  • He's gone to bed, and missis is putting him a plaster on his chest.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "The missis has told me about your letter, Jim," said the farmer.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • The missis says you're to please move your things into the blue room, please Miss.

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • Please, Miss Joy, the missis says will you go to her about your frock.

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • Also, thar's nothin' in that corral bluff of missis Rucker's.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • They was 'is words, same as Jarland's maid told my maid, an' my maid told my missis.

  • And missis spoke to him, and he promised not to go round the guards again.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • No, I won't tell him; besides, it an't true; missis never deceives us.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • missis let Sally try to make some cake, t' other day, jes to larn her, she said.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • If missis would only be so good as read that ar',—it's better than water.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for missis


/ˈmɪsɪz; -ɪs/
a variant spelling of missus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Slang definitions & phrases for missis


noun phrase

One's wife; the LITTLE WOMAN: He wanted the missus to get some sleep (1833+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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