- (initial capital letter) a conventional title of respect for a man, prefixed to the name and to certain official designations (usually written as the abbreviation Mr.).
- Informal. sir (used in direct address and not followed by the name of the man addressed): Mister, is this your umbrella?
- (initial capital letter) a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc.: Mister Know-it-all.
- the informal or social title used in addressing a military warrant officer or any naval officer below the rank of commander.
- (especially in military schools and colleges)
- 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!
- Older Use. husband: You and the mister staying long?
- to address or speak of as “mister” or “Mr.”
Origin of mister1
Examples from the Web for 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
- an informal form of address for a man
- 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
- British the form of address for a surgeon
- the form of address for officials holding certain positionsmister chairman
- (tr) informal to call (someone) mister
- the full form of Mr
Word Origin and History for mistering
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.