verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for miss
Origin of miss1
OTHER WORDS FROM missmiss·a·ble, adjectiveun·miss·a·ble, adjectiveun·missed, adjective
Words nearby miss
Definition for miss (2 of 4)
noun, plural miss·es.
- a range of sizes, chiefly from 6 to 20, for garments that fit women of average height and build.
- the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
- a garment in this size range.
Origin of miss2
usage note for miss
Definition for miss (3 of 4)
Definition for miss (4 of 4)
What is a basic definition of miss?
Miss means to fail to hit something, to fail to meet something, or to feel sadness over the absence or loss of something. The word miss has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
To miss something is to fail to hit or strike something, as with an arrow missing a target. If a runaway vehicle misses a stop sign, then it doesn’t smash into it.
- Real-life examples: If you throw a basketball to your friend and they don’t catch it, the ball misses. When a baseball player misses a baseball with their bat, they try to hit the ball with the bat but fail to. A bowling ball that doesn’t knock down any pins has missed them.
- Used in a sentence: Luckily, the falling tree branch missed me by a few inches and landed on the ground instead of on my head.
Miss is used in this same sense as a noun to mean a failure to strike something.
- Used in a sentence: All of his attempts to throw the basketball into the hoop were misses.
Miss is also used to mean to fail to meet something or someone.
- Real-life examples: If you are late meeting up with a friend, they might leave and you’ll miss them. If you take too long to get to the bus stop, the bus will leave without you and you’ll miss it.
- Used in a sentence: She missed the morning train and had to wait until the next one came.
Miss is also used to mean to feel sad that something is gone or absent.
- Real-life examples: Parents often miss their children after they move out of the house. Everybody misses loved ones who have died. A person may miss a favorite food that is no longer being made.
- Used in a sentence: The freezing man missed the heat of Florida.
Where does miss come from?
The first records of miss come from before 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English word missan and is related to similar words with the same meaning, such as the Old High German missen and the Old Norse missa.
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What are some other forms related to miss?
- missable (adjective)
- unmissable (adjective)
- umissed (adjective)
What are some synonyms for miss?
What are some words that share a root or word element with miss?
What are some words that often get used in discussing miss?
How is miss used in real life?
Miss is a very common word that most often means to fail to hit something.
I just fell asleep driving, drove off the road, and barely missed a tree..
— ev-v (@enkking18) September 3, 2014
I missed the bus to Missouri this morning 😭😭
— Ale 🥱 (@alesan2424) April 17, 2016
I'm going to miss my dog once I have to go back into the office for work.
— Carla Notarobot 🤖👩🏻💻 (@CarlaNotarobot) November 29, 2020
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Is miss used correctly in the following sentence?
Sarah swung the bat too late and missed hitting the ball.
How to use miss in a sentence
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.
So, why no Jewess in the mix of more recent and diverse Miss Americas?
Her Miss America win transcended mere superficial beauty standards.
In 1995, Myerson made a point not to attend the 75th anniversary of the Miss America pageant.
No Jewish woman has been crowned Miss America since Bess Myerson won in 1945.
But Lucy had noted, out of the corner of her watchful eye, the arrival of Miss Grains, indignant and perspiring.
But with all her advantages Miss Solomonson failed with the old lord, and she abuses him to this day.
The strains of the syren at last woke her uncle, and brought back Miss Hood, who suggested that it was late.
He, with others, thinking the miss-sahib had gone to church, was smoking the hookah of gossip in a neighboring compound.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Miss Christabel blushed furiously and emitted a sound half between a laugh and a scream.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for miss (1 of 4)
Derived forms of missmissable, adjective
Word Origin for miss
British Dictionary definitions for miss (2 of 4)
Word Origin for miss
British Dictionary definitions for miss (3 of 4)
Word Origin for Miss
British Dictionary definitions for miss (4 of 4)
Idioms and Phrases with miss
In addition to the idioms beginning with miss
- miss a beat
- miss by a mile
- miss fire
- miss is as good as a mile, a
- miss much
- miss out on
- miss the boat
- miss the point
- heart misses a beat
- hit or miss
- near miss
- not miss a trick