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Miss appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • I miss my Swiss miss.
    My Swiss miss misses me.
  • Miss Smith's fish-sauce shop seldom sells shellfish.

Miss appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No miss, it is Simon.
  • No, miss, it is Simon.
  • Damn! I, Agassi, miss again! Mad!
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Usage statistics for the verb miss:

conversational speech60.76%task-oriented speech39.24%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun miss:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb miss:

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Miss is sometimes a misspelling of missed or Mrs.

The word Miss is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun miss

What does miss mean as a name of something?

Miss is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • miss: misses
  • Miss: Misses

  1. a young female
  2. a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of miss: misfire
    • more generic word: failure = an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
  3. a form of address for an unmarried woman

Alternative definition of the noun miss


  1. A failure to hit.
  2. A failure to obtain or accomplish.
  3. An act of avoidance.
  4. A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used.
  5. An unmarried woman; a girl.

Specialised definition of the noun miss

Glossary of sports / billiards

if the referee judges that a player's failed attempt to escape from a snooker was deliberate, he calls a foul and a miss, penalizes the player, and either asks him to play the shot again, with the balls replaced in their original positions if they moved, or invites the player's opponent to play the next shot (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb miss

What does miss mean as a doing word?

Miss is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: missed | missing | misses

  1. fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
    • examples: I missed that remark | She missed his point
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of miss: lose
    • more specific word: overlook = look past, fail to notice
  2. feel or suffer from the lack of
  3. fail to attend an event or activity
    • examples: I missed the concert | He missed school for a week
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • antonym: attend
    • more generic words: fail / neglect = fail to do something
    • more specific words: skip / cut = intentionally fail to attend
  4. leave undone or leave out
  5. fail to reach or get to
  6. be without
    • example: There is something missing in my jewelry box!
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of miss: lack
    • antonym of miss: have
    • more specific words:
      • want = be without, lack
      • exclude = lack or fail to include
  7. fail to reach
    • example: The arrow missed the target
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • antonym: hit
    • more specific words:
  8. be absent
    • example: The child had been missing for a week
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  9. fail to experience
    • example: Fortunately, I missed the hurricane
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of miss: escape
    • more generic word: avoid = stay clear from; keep away from


Miss a.k.a. Mississippi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States.


Miss is a fictional film character.


  1. "Miss" is a musical album of Sophie Rimheden.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  2. "MISS" is a musical album of Marina Watanabe.
    • released on (25 years ago)
  3. "Miss" is a composition.
  4. "MISS" is a composition.
  5. "Miss" is a composition.


Miss is an English language honorific traditionally used only for an unmarried woman. Originating in the 17th century, it is a contraction of mistress, which was used for all women. A period is not used to signify the contraction. Its counterparts are Mrs., usually used only for married women, and Ms., which can be used for married or unmarried women.

Phrases with Miss

Phrases starting with the word Miss:

  1. miss.
  2. Miss Out
  3. Miss Right
  4. Miss a Trick
  5. Miss the Boat
  6. Miss the Mark
  7. Miss the Point
  8. Miss Jones' Hawthorn
  9. Miss Vail's Hawthorn

Phrases ending with the word Miss:

  1. to miss
  2. near miss
  3. hit-or-miss
  4. Junior Miss
  5. hit-and-miss
  6. Give Something a Miss
  7. To Give Something a Miss

Other phrases containing the word Miss:

  1. I Miss You
  2. N.D. Miss.
  3. S.D. Miss.
  4. Blink-and-You-Miss-It

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Miss

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Google previewCorpus Linguistics and 17th-Century Prostitution (2016)

Computational Linguistics and History by Anthony McEnery, Helen Baker

A Miss is a new Name, which the Civility of this Age bestows on one, that our unmannerly Ancestors called, Whore and Strumpet. A certain Help meet for a Gentleman, instead of a Wife; Serving either for prevention of the Sin of Marrying, ...

Google previewCreating Games with Unity and Maya (2012)

How to Develop Fun and Marketable 3D Games by Adam Watkins

Frame miss is a very real problem for other issues as well. In one ofthe projects we use here when we...

Avoiding frame miss is an important thing to be paying attention to in the construction ofa game.

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

Miss, miss With a capital letter, Miss is the tide for an unmarried lady or girl. Since 1922 it has also been the appellation for a lady...

As a noun, miss is what you get when you fail to achieve a target. Thus if you are aiming for double twenty on a ...

Google previewEndocrine Evaluation (2006)

True miss refers to correctly identifying a cycle where reassessment should not be performed since there are no ...

Google previewThe Book of Skin (2004)

by Steven Connor

What both Deleuze and Lyotard miss is the necessity of a compromise between membrane and ...

Google previewThe New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature (2011)

by Hugh Ruppersburg, John C. Inscoe

play Driving Miss Daisy had its New York premiere on April 15, 1987, off Broadway at the Studio Theatre at Playwrights Horizons. Written by Alfred Uhry and directed by Ron Lagomarsino, the original theatrical production featured a cast ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Novel (2015)

by Victoria Gaydosik

Miss. Jean. Brodie. 1961 Work Author: Muriel Spark A romantic and political satire on education and educators, this novel follows the life of a Scottish teacher at the Marcia Blaine School, a private secondary school for girls; since much of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature (2015)

by Alan L. Berger

Work Author: NathanaelWest Nathanael West's short novel, Miss Lonelyhearts, is deceptively simple on the surface. It purports to be a tale of the trials and tribulations of anewspaper columnist pressured into writing the advice column ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Short Story (2015)

by Andrew Maunder

Work Author: Katherine Mansfield Written in 1920 and included in Katherine Mansfield's short story collection The GardenParty and Other Stories, " Miss Brill" narrates aday inthe life ofanaging spinster, Miss Brill, who perceives life ...

Google previewA Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors (1871)

Living and Deceased from the Earliest Accounts to the Middle of the Nineteenth Century. Containing Thirty Thousand Biographies and Literary Notices, with Forty Indexes of Subjects by Samuel Austin Allibone

Selwyu, Miss Semple, R. B. Serrcs, O. W. Service, J. P. Sewel, Wm. Sewell, Elir M . Sew-ell, Mrs. Mary Sewell, Mrs. Rubi. Sewell, Wm. Seymour, Mrs. M. A. Shanly, C. D. Sharpe, John Sharpe, R. S. Sherwood, M. M. Shi on, J. Shirley, Walter A.

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Usage statistics about miss

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb miss:

conversational speech60.76%task-oriented speech39.24%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun miss:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb miss:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb miss and its most common antonyms:

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Quotes about Miss

i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, i miss you, .. DAMN YOU! im sad, im sad, im sad, im sad, im sad, and i feel bad u make me feel this way.. (Liyo Denorte)
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Scrabble value of M3I1S1S1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of MISS

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