miss

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See also: mis-, miš, mis, Miss, miß, and MIS

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English missen, from Old English missan (to miss, escape the notice of a person), Proto-Germanic *missijaną (to miss, go wrong, fail), from Proto-Indo-European *meit- (to change, exchange, trade). Cognate with North Frisian missen (to miss), Dutch missen (to miss), German vermissen (to do without, miss), Swedish missa (to miss), Icelandic missa (to lose).

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miss (third-person singular simple present misses, present participle missing, simple past and past participle missed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fail to hit.
    I missed the target.
    I tried to kick the ball, but missed.
    • Francis Bacon
      Men observe when things hit, and not when they miss.
    • Waller
      Flying bullets now, / To execute his rage, appear too slow; / They miss, or sweep but common souls away.
  2. (transitive) To fail to achieve or attain.
    to miss an opportunity
    • John Locke
      When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will acknowledge he judged not right.
  3. (transitive) To feel the absence of someone or something, sometimes with regret.
    I miss you! Come home soon!
    • Milton
      What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
  4. (transitive) To fail to understand or have a shortcoming of perception.
    miss the joke
  5. (transitive) To fail to attend.
    Joe missed the meeting this morning.
  6. (transitive) To be late for something (a means of transportation, a deadline etc).
    I missed the plane!
  7. (sports) To fail to score (a goal).
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
      Georgia, ranked 16th in the world, dominated the breakdown before half-time and forced England into a host of infringements, but fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili missed three penalties.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To go wrong; to err.
    • Spenser
      Amongst the angels, a whole legion / Of wicked sprites did fall from happy bliss; / What wonder then if one, of women all, did miss?
  9. (intransitive, obsolete) To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
    • Shakespeare
      What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
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miss (plural misses)

  1. A failure to hit.
  2. A failure to obtain or accomplish.
  3. An act of avoidance.
    I think I’ll give the meeting a miss.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From mistress.

Noun[edit]

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miss (countable and uncountable, plural misses)

  1. A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used.
    You may sit here, miss.
    You may sit here, Miss Jones.
  2. An unmarried woman; a girl.
    • Cawthorn
      Gay vanity, with smiles and kisses, / Was busy 'mongst the maids and misses.
  3. A kept woman; a mistress.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)
  4. (card games) In the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player.
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Dutch[edit]

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From English miss.

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miss f (plural missen, diminutive missje n)

  1. A winner of a beauty contest.
    Annelien Coorevits was Miss België in 2007.
    Annelien Coorevits was Miss Belgium in 2007.
  2. A beauty.
  3. A girl with a high self-esteem.
    Dat is nogal een miss, hoor.
    She has some air.

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miss

  1. second-person singular imperative form of messen

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *missą, *missijaz, *missō (loss, want), from Proto-Indo-European *meit- (to change, replace). Cognate with Old Norse missir, missa (a loss).

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miss n

  1. loss; absence

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miss c

  1. A failure to hit.
  2. A mistake.
  3. (rare) A beauty; a winner of a beauty contest.
    Miss Hawaii gick vidare och vann Miss America-tävlingen
    Miss Hawaii went on to win the Miss America contest

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