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MISS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Miss mean? 

MISS (noun)
  The noun MISS has 3 senses:

1. a young woman
2. a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
3. a form of address for an unmarried woman

  Familiarity information: MISS used as a noun is uncommon.


MISS (verb)
  The verb MISS has 9 senses:

1. fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
2. feel or suffer from the lack of
3. fail to attend an event or activity
4. leave undone or leave out
5. fail to reach or get to
6. be without
7. fail to reach
8. be absent
9. fail to experience

  Familiarity information: MISS used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


MISS (noun)


Sense 1miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A young woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

young woman; young lady; missy; miss; girl; fille

Context example:

a young lady of 18

Hypernyms ("miss" is a kind of...):

adult female; woman (an adult female person (as opposed to a man))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "miss"):

baby; sister ((slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women)

peri (a beautiful and graceful girl)

ring girl (a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights)

rosebud ((a literary reference to) a pretty young girl)

sex bomb; sex kitten; sexpot (a young woman who is thought to have sex appeal)

shop girl (a young female shop assistant)

soubrette (a pert or flirtatious young girl)

sweater girl (a girl with an attractive bust who wears tight sweaters)

hoyden; romp; tomboy (a girl who behaves in a boyish manner)

valley girl (a girl who grew up in the tract housing in the San Fernando Valley)

working girl (a young woman who is employed)

party girl (an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men)

mill-girl (a girl who works in a mill)

May queen; queen of the May (the girl chosen queen of a May Day festival)

belle (a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals)

bimbo (a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men)

colleen (an Irish girl)

bird; chick; dame; doll; skirt; wench (informal terms for a (young) woman)

flapper (a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress)

gal (alliterative term for girl (or woman))

gamine (a girl of impish appeal)

Gibson girl (the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson)

jeune fille; lass; lassie; young girl (a girl or young woman who is unmarried)

maid; maiden (an unmarried girl (especially a virgin))


Sense 2miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

misfire; miss

Hypernyms ("miss" is a kind of...):

failure (an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose)


Sense 3Miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A form of address for an unmarried woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Miss" is a kind of...):

form of address; title; title of respect (an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. 'Mr.' or 'General')


MISS (verb)


Sense 1miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

miss; lose

Context examples:

I missed that remark / She missed his point / We lost part of what he said

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

overlook (look past, fail to notice)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel or suffer from the lack of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

He misses his mother

Hypernyms (to "miss" is one way to...):

desire; want (feel or have a desire for; want strongly)

"Miss" entails doing...:

regret; repent; rue (feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

regret (feel sad about the loss or absence of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They miss moving


Sense 3miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to attend an event or activity

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

I missed the concert / He missed school for a week

Hypernyms (to "miss" is one way to...):

fail; neglect (fail to do something; leave something undone)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

cut; skip (intentionally fail to attend)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

attend (be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.)


Sense 4miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave undone or leave out

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

neglect; pretermit; leave out; omit; overlook; overleap; miss; drop

Context examples:

How could I miss that typo? / The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

forget (forget to do something)

jump; pass over; skip; skip over (bypass)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 5miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to reach or get to

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

She missed her train

Hypernyms (to "miss" is one way to...):

fail; go wrong; miscarry (be unsuccessful)

"Miss" entails doing...:

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be without

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

lack; miss

Context examples:

This soup lacks salt / There is something missing in my jewellery box!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

want (be without, lack; be deficient in)

exclude (lack or fail to include)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

have (have as a feature)


Sense 7miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to reach

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The arrow missed the target

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "miss"):

undershoot (shoot short of or below (a target))

overshoot (shoot beyond or over (a target))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Antonym:

hit (hit against; come into sudden contact with)


Sense 8miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be absent

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The child had been missing for a week

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 9miss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fail to experience

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

escape; miss

Context example:

Fortunately, I missed the hurricane

Hypernyms (to "miss" is one way to...):

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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