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mister1

[mis-ter] /ˈmɪs tər/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) a conventional title of respect for a man, prefixed to the name and to certain official designations (usually written as the abbreviation Mr.).
2.
Informal. sir (used in direct address and not followed by the name of the man addressed):
Mister, is this your umbrella?
3.
(initial capital letter) a title prefixed to a mock surname that is used to represent possession of a particular attribute, identity, etc.:
Mister Know-it-all.
4.
the informal or social title used in addressing a military warrant officer or any naval officer below the rank of commander.
5.
  1. a term of respect used by cadets in addressing upperclassmen: used with surname.
  2. a term of disparagement used by upperclassmen in addressing cadets:
    Mister, tuck in that shirttail!
6.
Older Use. husband:
You and the mister staying long?
verb (used with object)
7.
to address or speak of as “mister” or “Mr.”.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; variant of master

mister2

[mis-ter] /ˈmɪs tər/
noun
1.
a spray, nozzle, or similar device for misting plants.
Origin
mist + -er1
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  • The evaporator or mister should be vented to the outdoor air, not indoors.
  • The addition of a hummingbird feeder or water mister can keep the ruby-throated wonders around from mid-spring to early fall.
  • During warm weather, carry a plant mister to spray the birds' feathers periodically.
British Dictionary definitions for mister

mister

/ˈmɪstə/
noun
1.
an informal form of address for a man
2.
(navy)
  1. the official form of address for subordinate or senior warrant officers
  2. the official form of address for all officers in a merchant ship, other than the captain
  3. (US, navy) the official form of address used by the commanding officer to his officers, esp to the more junior
3.
(Brit) the form of address for a surgeon
4.
the form of address for officials holding certain positions: mister chairman
verb
5.
(transitive) (informal) to call (someone) mister
Word Origin
C16: variant of master

Mister

/ˈmɪstə/
noun
1.
the full form of Mr
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Word Origin and History for mister

as a title of courtesy before a man's Christian name, mid-15c., unaccented variant of master. As a form of address, without a name and with a tinge of rudeness, from 1760.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mister

mister

noun

Man; fellow; guy •Always used in direct address, usually to a stranger: Hey, mister, where's the turnoff for Bogota? (1760+)


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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