Origin of missing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of miss1
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
Word Origin for miss
Word Origin for miss
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