- a term of respect used by cadets in addressing upperclassmen: used with surname.
- a term of disparagement used by upperclassmen in addressing cadets: Mister, tuck in that shirttail!
verb (used with object)
Origin of mister1
Examples from the Web for mistering
Historical Examples of mistering
"Don't get into any bad habit of mistering me, Master," he said.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
He was too near reality in this sad pass of his to think of "mistering."The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
None of your mistering, replied the ruffian; you always mean mischief when you come that.Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3)
Old Jim waved his hand disgustedly at this polite address, and the "Mistering."The Red River Half-Breed
It was difficult for the girl to go on Mistering when the others Henried to their heart's content.The Call of the Town
John Alexander Hammerton
- the official form of address for subordinate or senior warrant officers
- the official form of address for all officers in a merchant ship, other than the captain
- US navythe official form of address used by the commanding officer to his officers, esp to the more junior
Word Origin for mister
as a title of courtesy before a man's Christian name, mid-15c., unaccented variant of master. As a form of address, without a name and with a tinge of rudeness, from 1760.