mis·​sus | \ ˈmi-səz How to pronounce missus (audio) , -səs, especially Southern -zəz\
variants: or missis

Definition of missus

1 informal + old-fashioned : wife … everybody knew Mr. Levov and everybody asked after the missus and the boys.— Philip Roth
2 British, informal used to address a woman whose name is not known
3 dialect : mistress sense 1a

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Synonyms for missus


helpmate, helpmeet, lady, little woman, madam, Mrs., old lady, wife, wifey, woman [chiefly dialect]

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Much of the story is set in a Tuscan convent, where a manservant (Dave Franco) is on the run from a vengeful lord (Nick Offerman) and the lord's bored wife (Lauren Weedman) after the servant's dalliances with the missus come to light. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'The Little Hours' review: 14th century sex comedy finds nuns on the run, in pursuit of a Franco," 12 July 2017 For one, the miss is now a missus after the BYU student married Nick Austin; former Miss Fountain Valley Aimee Le is now in medical school; and the organization that presents the pageant finally has its nonprofit status. Greg Mellen, Orange County Register, "Miss Fountain Valley Pageant returns to runway," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of missus

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for missus

alteration of mistress

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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