[mis-uh z, -uh s]


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Contemporary Examples of missus

Historical Examples of missus

  • His account of what had happened after the death of "the Missus" only confirmed my fears.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Say, Missus, didn't de Sheriff say dat was a perfec' likeness?

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • "Ax the missus for soap to wash 'em," said Matthew, with a grin.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • Yes, I consent to take you out; I don't mind owning you for my missus.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He must have hooked his missus's stocking with all the savings gained at very hard work.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for missus




the missus informal one's wife or the wife of the person addressed or referred to
an informal term of address for a woman

Word Origin for missus

C19: spoken version of Mistress
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Word Origin and History for missus

corruption of mistress; as oral form of Mrs., from 1790; the missus "the wife" attested by 1833.

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