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[mi-zoo r-ee, -zoo r-uh] /mɪˈzʊər i, -ˈzʊər ə/
noun, plural Missouris (especially collectively) Missouri for 3.
a state in the central United States. 69,674 sq. mi. (180,455 sq. km).
Capital: Jefferson City.
Abbreviation: MO (for use with zip code), Mo.
a river flowing from SW Montana into the Mississippi N of St. Louis, Mo. 2723 miles (4382 km) long.
a member of a North American Indian tribe belonging to the Siouan linguistic stock, located on the Missouri River in early historic times and now extinct as a tribe.
from Missouri, Informal. unwilling to accept something without proof; skeptical:
I'm from Missouri—you'll have to show me that you're right.
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Missourian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for missourian
Historical Examples
  • The missourian eyed them in silence, which was broken by the herb-doctor.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • The missourian took a position to one side, between Raoul and Auguste.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Tell me,” said the other simply, just as a missourian might say, “Show me!

  • No brave-hearted missourian will obey the one or submit to the other.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson
  • She may have a strain of missourian blood in her veins, and "She wants to be shown."

    Inventors & Inventions Henry Robinson
  • "I am not the boss of this outfit," said the missourian, with a smile.

  • The lanky missourian reached out and grasped Charley's hand.

  • Two of the missourian companies arrived about the same time.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Steve's faith in the inventive genius of the missourian was renewed and strengthened.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • The missourian was not a fool like King Canute, who ordered back the waves.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
British Dictionary definitions for missourian


a native or inhabitant of Missouri
of or relating to Missouri or its inhabitants


a state of the central US: consists of rolling prairies in the north, the Ozark Mountains in the south, and part of the Mississippi flood plain in the southeast, with the Mississippi forming the E border; chief US producer of lead and barytes. Capital: Jefferson City. Pop: 5 704 484 (2003 est). Area: 178 699 sq km (68 995 sq miles) Abbreviation Mo, (with zip code) MO
a river in the W and central US, rising in SW Montana: flows north, east, and southeast to join the Mississippi above St Louis; the longest river in North America; chief tributary of the Mississippi. Length: 3970 km (2466 miles)
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Word Origin and History for missourian


originally a name for a group of native peoples among Chiwere (Siouan) tribes, from an Algonquian word recorded c.1700, literally "people of the big canoes." The expression I'm from Missouri, you'll have to show me is attested from at least c.1880. Related: Missourian.

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missourian in Culture
Missouri [(muh-zoor-ee, muh-zoor-uh)]

State in the central United States bordered by Iowa to the north; Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee to the east; Arkansas to the south; and Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska to the west. Its capital is Jefferson City, and its largest city is St. Louis.

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