[mee-soh; Japanese mee-saw]

noun Japanese Cookery.

a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.

Origin of miso

1720–30; < Japanese, probably < dialectal Korean, equivalent to Korean meju soybean malt


a combining form meaning “hate,” with the object of hatred specified by the following element: misogyny.
Also mis-.

Origin of miso-

< Greek, combining form of mīseîn to hate, mîsos hatred
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Contemporary Examples of miso

Historical Examples of miso

  • His food, which he cooked himself, was chiefly rice and miso.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • Many of them carefully bring their own rice and miso, and are put up at a cost of about 10 sen a day.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

British Dictionary definitions for miso



a thick brown salty paste made from soya beans, used to flavour savoury dishes, esp soups

Word Origin for miso

from Japanese


before a vowel mis-

combining form

indicating hatredmisogyny

Word Origin for miso-

from Greek misos hatred
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Word Origin and History for miso

type of paste used in Japanese cooking, 1727, from Japanese.


word-forming element meaning "hater, hatred," before vowels, mis-, comb. form of Greek misos "hatred," misein "to hate." Productive as a word-forming element in ancient Greek, e.g. misoagathia "hatred of good or goodness;" misoponein "to hate work." Forming many compounds in English, most of them obscure or recherche, but some perhaps useful, e.g. misocapnic (adj.) "hating (tobacco) smoke," misocyny "hatred of dogs."

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miso in Medicine



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