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[mis-iz, -is] /ˈmɪs ɪz, -ɪs/
Older Use. wife:
I'll have to ask the missis.
the mistress of a household.
Also, missus.
Origin of missis
1780-90; variant of mistress Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If they had 'elped my missis outside it would be a easier dream to have.

    His Other Self W.W. Jacobs
  • "The missis has told me about your letter, Jim," said the farmer.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot Mrs. Molesworth
  • We been recognized, missis Garvey says, by the best society.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • The missis says you're to please move your things into the blue room, please Miss.

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • Don't look at your poor missis as if she were a nasty smell!

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • They was 'is words, same as Jarland's maid told my maid, an' my maid told my missis.

  • I couldn't contradict my missis and tell the man that no brandy must be put in her room, or else she'd drink it.

  • "missis is a heap too good for us," said Sam, making his bow with alacrity, and departing.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • My missis is going out to dinner, and I ought to go, but I have got a bad cold.

  • At this instant, Dinah looked in to say that the woman was awake, and wanted to see missis.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for missis


/ˈmɪsɪz; -ɪs/
a variant spelling of missus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for missis


noun phrase

One's wife; the LITTLE WOMAN: He wanted the missus to get some sleep (1833+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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