mis·​sus ˈmi-səz How to pronounce missus (audio)
 especially Southern  -zəz
variants or missis
informal + old-fashioned : wife
… everybody knew Mr. Levov and everybody asked after the missus and the boys.Philip Roth
British, informal
used to address a woman whose name is not known
dialect : mistress sense 1a

Examples of missus in a Sentence

after their children grew up and moved out, they looked to move into a smaller place where he and the missus could retire comfortably
Recent Examples on the Web As evidenced in part by the gleeful grin the missus flashed at her groom around 2 a.m., after everyone else had climbed into SUVs and made the short trip back to the cluster of guest houses on the property and to local inns. Karen Schneider, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 This production is anchored dramatically by Thomas M. Shea, who offers a deep and unstinting dive into Peachum, a nasty piece of work, and musically by Megan Elk, who plays his missus. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 But this is also where this mister and the missus once stood and danced together—walk, walk, walk, and step hold—and there are the starry, late blooming flowers, and the shadblow and a birch, and a shrubbery garden border. Diane Williams, Harper's Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 Anywhere that has a beach will be very exciting for the missus. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Sep. 2022 Jones comes over for dinner, Chapel gets nasty, Jones turns the table over and absconds with the missus. John Anderson, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 The missus, Ciara Wilson herself, on that main stage during the historical Essence Festival... oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2021 Eventually, the movie descends into the thorny question of what really happened to Maxim's first missus, her relationship to the oily Jack Favell (Sam Riley), and the new bride's determination to stand by her man, no matter the consequences. Brian Lowry, CNN, 21 Oct. 2020 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, 12 July 2017

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Word History


alteration of mistress

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of missus was in 1790

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“Missus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missus. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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