verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of miss1
Origin of missis
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
Related Words for missesloss, omission, want, default, fault, defect, mishap, blunder, absence, slip, error, oversight, mistake, drop, forget, skip, misplace, miscarry, trip, blow
Examples from the Web for misses
Contemporary Examples of misses
Say sometime in 2017, President Clinton misses getting some progressive bill passed in the Senate by two votes.The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
His supporters hosted a men-only fundraiser with this admonition on the invitation: “Tell the misses not to wait up.”The Republican War on Women Continues, Just More Quietly
October 13, 2014
Beyond its ahistorical bent, it also misses two other issues.We're Still Fighting the Opium Wars
August 28, 2014
One gets the feeling that Mitchum misses not only the spontaneity but the fun his generation had.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
He often misses my facial cues betraying shock, concern, or disappointment with the things he says.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Historical Examples of misses
He misses the mystic hour when ghosts of the green 128 life are about.Mountain Meditations
He misses his, now that it's rusted so fast that it won't go.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
She is—ahem—visiting me and she is attending the Misses Cabot's school.
The Misses Cabot welcomed her with fussy and dignified condescension.
"I think you must be right in that, Rotha—that she misses Ralph," said Willy.The Shadow of a Crime
Word Origin for miss
Word Origin for miss
Word Origin for Miss
Old English missan "fail to hit, miss (a mark); fail in what was aimed at; escape (someone's notice)," influenced by Old Norse missa "to miss, to lack;" both from Proto-Germanic *missjan "to go wrong" (cf. Old Frisian missa, Middle Dutch, Dutch missen, German missen "to miss, fail"), from *missa- "in a changed manner," hence "abnormally, wrongly," from PIE root *mei- "to change" (root of mis- (1); see mutable). Related: Missed; missing.
Meaning "to fail to get what one wanted" is from mid-13c. Sense of "to escape, avoid" is from 1520s; that of "to perceive with regret the absence or loss of (something or someone)" is from late 15c. Sense of "to not be on time for" is from 1823; to miss the boat in the figurative sense of "be too late for" is from 1929, originally nautical slang. To miss out (on) "fail to get" is from 1929.
"the term of honour to a young girl" [Johnson], originally (c.1600) a shortened form of mistress. By 1640s as "prostitute, concubine;" sense of "title for a young unmarried woman, girl" first recorded 1660s. In the 1811 reprint of the slang dictionary, Miss Laycock is given as an underworld euphemism for "the monosyllable." Miss America is from 1922 as the title bestowed on the winner of an annual nationwide U.S. beauty/talent contest. Earlier it meant "young American women generally" or "the United States personified as a young woman," and it also was the name of a fast motor boat.
late 12c., "loss, lack; " c. 1200, "regret occasioned by loss or absence," from Old English miss "absence, loss," from source of missan "to miss" (see miss (v.)). Meaning "an act or fact of missing; a being without" is from late 15c.; meaning "a failure to hit or attain" is 1550s. To give something a miss "to abstain from, avoid" is from 1919. Phrase a miss is as good as a mile was originally, an inch, in a miss, is as good as an ell (see ell).
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