\ ˈmis How to pronounce miss (audio) \
missed; missing; misses

Definition of miss

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to fail to hit, reach, or contact miss the target
2 : to fail to perform or attend had to miss school for a week
3 : to leave out : omit in such a hurry that he missed his breakfast
4 : to discover or feel the absence of missed his wallet as soon as he entered the store
5 : to fail to comprehend, sense, or experience missed the point of the speech
6 : escape, avoid just missed hitting the other car
7 : to fail to obtain ignorance misses the best things in this life— W. R. Inge

intransitive verb

1 : to fail to hit something took another cut at the ball but missed again
2a : to be unsuccessful such a fine prospect that he can't miss
b : misfire the engine missed
3 archaic : to fail to get, reach, or do something
miss a beat
: to deviate from regular smooth performance the company changed ownership without missing a beat
miss out on
: to lose a good opportunity for missed out on a better job
miss the boat
: to fail to take advantage of an opportunity


noun (1)

Definition of miss (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : a failure to hit
b : a failure to attain a desired result
2 : misfire
3 chiefly dialectal : disadvantage or regret resulting from loss we know the miss of you, and even hunger … to see you— Samuel Richardson


noun (2)

Definition of miss (Entry 3 of 4)

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 : young lady used without a name as a conventional term of address to a young woman
3 : a young unmarried woman or girl
4 misses plural : a clothing size for women of average height and build

Definition of Miss (Entry 4 of 4)

Other Words from miss


missable \ ˈmi-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce Miss (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for miss

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of miss in a Sentence

Verb He swung and missed the ball completely. The shot missed the goal by inches. The batter swung and missed. She took three shots and missed every time. I would hate to miss this opportunity. She could have joined us, but she missed her chance. They missed a payment on their car loan. He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast. See More

First Known Use of miss


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for miss


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

Noun (2)

short for mistress

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“Miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miss. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈmis How to pronounce miss (audio) \
missed; missing

Kids Definition of miss

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to fail to hit, catch, reach, or get miss a target miss a deadline
2 : escape entry 1 sense 2 She just missed being hit by the car.
3 : to fail to arrive in time for Don't miss the bus!
4 : to feel or notice the absence of I'm enjoying the trip, but I miss my friends.
5 : to fail to take I missed my turn. Don't miss this opportunity.
6 : to fail to be present for miss school
7 : to fail to hear or see I missed what he said. It's huge. You can't miss it.



Kids Definition of miss (Entry 2 of 4)

: failure to hit or catch



Kids Definition of miss (Entry 3 of 4)

1 capitalized used as a title before the name of an unmarried woman Miss Smith
2 : young lady
Hint: Miss is used without a name as a form of polite address to a girl or young woman. Do you need some help, miss?



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