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[mis-uh z, -uh s] /ˈmɪs əz, -əs/
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  • Conversely, the missus needs to be upfront about why she's insisting on access.
  • Me and the missus wondered if you would come by for dinner.
  • And his missus, so it seemed-all ambitions, airs and frocks.
  • And before he has been home a full day he and the missus are hiking off for a divorce.
British Dictionary definitions for missus


/ˈmɪsɪz; -ɪs/
(informal) the missus, one's wife or the wife of the person addressed or referred to
an informal term of address for a woman
Word Origin
C19: spoken version of Mistress
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Word Origin and History for missus

corruption of mistress; as oral form of Mrs., from 1790; the missus "the wife" attested by 1833.

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Slang definitions & phrases for missus


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.
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