noun \ˈmi-səz, -səs, especially Southern -zəz\

—used to address a woman whose name is not known

Full Definition of MISSUS

dial :  mistress 1a
:  wife <men spend money on themselves, but argue over every dime the missus wants — W. A. Lydgate>

Variants of MISSUS

mis·sus or mis·sis \ˈmi-səz, -səs, especially Southern -zəz\

Examples of MISSUS

  1. <usually the missus has the final say-so on buying a house, and the mister has the last word on the purchase of a car>

Origin of MISSUS

alteration of mistress
First Known Use: 1790

Rhymes with MISSUS


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