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Missouri

[mi-zoo r-ee, -zoo r-uh]
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noun, plural Mis·sour·is, (especially collectively) Mis·sour·i for 3.
  1. a state in the central United States. 69,674 sq. mi. (180,455 sq. km). Capital: Jefferson City. Abbreviation: MO (for use with zip code), Mo.
  2. a river flowing from SW Montana into the Mississippi N of St. Louis, Mo. 2723 miles (4382 km) long.
  3. a member of a North American Indian tribe belonging to the Siouan linguistic stock, located on the Missouri River in early historic times and now extinct as a tribe.
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Idioms
  1. from Missouri, Informal. unwilling to accept something without proof; skeptical: I'm from Missouri—you'll have to show me that you're right.
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Related formsMis·sour·i·an, adjective, noun
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  • So there is plenty of them in Missouri, though I didn't know it before.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • What shook the pillars of the Union when the Missouri question was agitated?

  • On the 1st of November they all arrived on the banks of the Missouri.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • In his old age he removed from Kentucky to the banks of the Missouri.

    The Emigrant

    Frederick William Thomas

  • It used to be Boston, but the settlers around there were largely from Missouri.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for missouri

Missouri

noun
  1. a state of the central US: consists of rolling prairies in the north, the Ozark Mountains in the south, and part of the Mississippi flood plain in the southeast, with the Mississippi forming the E border; chief US producer of lead and barytes. Capital: Jefferson City. Pop: 5 704 484 (2003 est). Area: 178 699 sq km (68 995 sq miles)Abbreviation: Mo, (with zip code) MO
  2. a river in the W and central US, rising in SW Montana: flows north, east, and southeast to join the Mississippi above St Louis; the longest river in North America; chief tributary of the Mississippi. Length: 3970 km (2466 miles)
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Word Origin and History for missouri

Missouri

originally a name for a group of native peoples among Chiwere (Siouan) tribes, from an Algonquian word recorded c.1700, literally "people of the big canoes." The expression I'm from Missouri, you'll have to show me is attested from at least c.1880. Related: Missourian.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

missouri in Culture

Missouri

[(muh-zoor-ee, muh-zoor-uh)]

State in the central United States bordered by Iowa to the north; Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee to the east; Arkansas to the south; and Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska to the west. Its capital is Jefferson City, and its largest city is St. Louis.

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Idioms and Phrases with missouri

Missouri

see from Missouri.

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