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[mis-uh z, -uh s] /ˈmɪs əz, -əs/
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  • Say, missus, didn't de Sheriff say dat was a perfec' likeness?

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • His account of what had happened after the death of "the missus" only confirmed my fears.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "Ax the missus for soap to wash 'em," said Matthew, with a grin.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • Yes, I consent to take you out; I don't mind owning you for my missus.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He must have hooked his missus's stocking with all the savings gained at very hard work.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But his missus is always plaguing him to take her to Europe, and that game.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • His missus was too big to call on your mother—she'll call on you, though, you go bail.

  • Besides, Tom was a-worrited with his missus, Tom was, and happen that was worse nor his cold.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for missus


/ˈmɪsɪz; -ɪs/
(informal) the missus, one's wife or the wife of the person addressed or referred to
an informal term of address for a woman
Word Origin
C19: spoken version of Mistress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for missus

corruption of mistress; as oral form of Mrs., from 1790; the missus "the wife" attested by 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for missus


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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