mister

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unaccented variant of master

Noun[edit]

mister (plural misters)

  1. Title conferred on an adult male.
    You may sit here, mister.
    • 1855, George Musalas Colvocoresses, Four Years in the Government Exploring Expedition, J. M. Fairchild & co., page 358:
      Fine day to see sights, gentlemen. Well, misters, here's the railing round the ground, and there's the paling round the tomb, eight feet deep, six feet long, and three feet wide.
    • 1908, Jack Brand, By Wild Waves Tossed: An Ocean Love Story, The McClure Company, page 90:
      There's only three misters aboard this ship, or, rather, there's only two.
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Verb[edit]

mister (third-person singular simple present misters, present participle mistering, simple past and past participle mistered)

  1. (transitive) To address by the title of "mister".

Etymology 2[edit]

From Anglo-Norman mester, meister (et al.), from Latin misterium, a medieval conflation of Latin ministerium (ministry) with Latin mysterium (mystery).[1]

Noun[edit]

mister (plural misters)

  1. (obsolete) Someone's business or function; an occupation, employment, trade.
  2. (now rare, dialectal) A kind, type of.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ix:
      The Redcrosse knight toward him crossed fast, / To weet, what mister wight was so dismayd [...].
  3. (obsolete) Need (of something).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VI:
      for of your helpe I had grete mystir: For I drede me sore to passe this foreste.
  4. (obsolete) Necessity; the necessary time.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book I.15:
      As for hym sayd kynge Carados, I wylle encountre with kynge bors, and ye wil rescowe me whan myster is [...].

Verb[edit]

mister (third-person singular simple present misters, present participle mistering, simple past and past participle mistered)

  1. (obsolete, impersonal) To be necessary; to matter.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vii:
      As for my name, it mistreth not to tell; / Call me the Squyre of Dames that me beseemeth well.

Etymology 3[edit]

mist +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

mister (plural misters)

  1. A device that makes or sprays mist.
    Odessa D. uses a mister Sunday to fight the 106-degree heat at a NASCAR race in Fontana, California.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ David Wallace, Chaucerian polity: absolutist lineages and associational forms in England and Italy, Stanford University Press, 1997

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English.

Noun[edit]

mister m (invariable)

  1. mister (appellation)
  2. (soccer) coach (trainer)

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Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mister m

  1. Winner of a male beauty pageant.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Portuguese mester, from Latin ministerium (employment).

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Adjective[edit]

mister m, f (plural mister; comparable)

  1. (law) of the utmost importance
  2. necessary

Noun[edit]

mister m (plural misteres)

  1. office, work, employment, occupation, profession
  2. position in a profession
  3. need; necessity
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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

mister m (plural misters)

  1. Alternative form of míster.

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

mister

  1. present tense of mista.