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verb \ˈmis\

Simple Definition of miss

  • : to fail to hit, catch, reach, or get (something)

  • : to fail to use (something, such as an opportunity)

  • : to fail to do, take, make, or have (something)

Full Definition of miss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fail to hit, reach, or contact <miss the target>

  3. 2 :  to discover or feel the absence of

  4. 3 :  to fail to obtain

  5. 4 :  escape, avoid <just missed hitting the other car>

  6. 5 :  to leave out :  omit

  7. 6 :  to fail to comprehend, sense, or experience <missed the point of the speech>

  8. 7 :  to fail to perform or attend <had to miss school for a week>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 archaic :  to fail to get, reach, or do something

  11. 2 :  to fail to hit something

  12. 3 a :  to be unsuccessful b :  misfire <the engine missed>

miss·able play \ˈmi-sə-bəl\ adjective
miss a beat
  1. :  to deviate from regular smooth performance <the company changed ownership without missing a beat>

miss out on
  1. :  to lose a good opportunity for <missed out on a better job>

miss the boat
  1. :  to fail to take advantage of an opportunity

Examples of miss

  1. He swung and missed the ball completely.

  2. The shot missed the goal by inches.

  3. The batter swung and missed.

  4. She took three shots and missed every time.

  5. I would hate to miss this opportunity.

  6. She could have joined us, but she missed her chance.

  7. They missed a payment on their car loan.

  8. He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast.

Origin of miss

Middle English, from Old English missan; akin to Old High German missan to miss

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of miss

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  disadvantage or regret resulting from loss <we know the miss of you, and even hunger … to see you — Samuel Richardson>

  2. 2 a :  a failure to hit b :  a failure to attain a desired result

  3. 3 :  misfire

12th Century

First Known Use of miss

12th century




Definition of miss

  1. 1 capitalized a —used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl b —used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated <Miss America>

  2. 2 :  young lady —used without a name as a conventional term of address to a young woman

  3. 3 :  a young unmarried woman or girl

  4. 4 plural :  a clothing size for women of average height and build

Origin of miss

short for mistress

First Known Use: 1667

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