- absent, not found, or lost: a missing person.
- lacking: Something is missing in this relationship.
- go missing, to disappear; become lost: My keys have gone missing again.
Origin of missing
- to fail to hit or strike: to miss a target.
- to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.: to miss a train.
- to fail to take advantage of: to miss a chance.
- to fail to be present at or for: to miss a day of school.
- to notice the absence or loss of: When did you first miss your wallet?
- to regret the absence or loss of: I miss you all dreadfully.
- to escape or avoid: He just missed being caught.
- to fail to perceive or understand: to miss the point of a remark.
- to fail to hit something.
- to fail of effect or success; be unsuccessful.
- a failure to hit something.
- a failure of any kind.
- an omission.
- a misfire.
- miss out, Chiefly British. to omit; leave out.
- miss out on, to fail to take advantage of, experience, etc.: You missed out on a great opportunity.
- miss fire. fire(def 52).
Origin of miss1
Related Words for missingaway, removed, lost, short, lacking, omitted, wanting, mislaid, misplaced, disappeared, astray, AWOL
Examples from the Web for missing
Contemporary Examples of missing
Sybil is dead, as is Matthew; Gregson is missing with dark hints about his fate.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Even in the parts of the movement he does cover, some people and efforts are missing.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Otherwise, we will be but celebrating an empty holiday, missing its true meaning altogether.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of missing
When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it.
The "missing fourth side" of the room is a commonplace recognized by all.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
One of these missing is worse than a bank clerk out a dollar at the end of the day.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I should have known he was missing, without going to the volunteers.In the Midst of Alarms
When she arrived at San Francisco she found that the enclosed sheet was missing.Her Father's Daughter
- not present; absent or lost
- not able to be traced and not known to be deadnine men were missing after the attack
- go missing to become lost or disappear
- to fail to reach, hit, meet, find, or attain (some specified or implied aim, goal, target, etc)
- (tr) to fail to attend or be present forto miss a train; to miss an appointment
- (tr) to fail to see, hear, understand, or perceiveto miss a point
- (tr) to lose, overlook, or fail to take advantage ofto miss an opportunity
- (tr) to leave out; omitto miss an entry in a list
- (tr) to discover or regret the loss or absence ofhe missed his watch; she missed him
- (tr) to escape or avoid (something, esp a danger), usually narrowlyhe missed death by inches
- miss the boat or miss the bus to lose an opportunity
- a failure to reach, hit, meet, find, etc
- give something a miss informal to avoid (something)give the lecture a miss; give the pudding a miss
Word Origin for miss
- informal an unmarried woman or girl, esp a schoolgirl
Word Origin for miss
- a title of an unmarried woman or girl, usually used before the surname or sometimes alone in direct address
Word Origin for Miss
"not present, absent," 1520s, from present participle of miss (v.). Military sense of "not present after a battle but not known to have been killed or captured" is from 1845. Missing link first attested 1851 in Lyell. Missing person is from 1876.
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