missus

noun mis·sus \ ˈmi-səz , -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 1a

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Origin and Etymology of missus

alteration of mistress


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