—used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated

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Example Sentences

Verb He swung and missed the ball completely. The shot missed the goal by inches. The batter swung and missed. She took three shots and missed every time. I would hate to miss this opportunity. She could have joined us, but she missed her chance. They missed a payment on their car loan. He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast. See More
Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE"s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. —Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 20 Aug. 2023 The wildfires in Maui led to entire families going missing and feared dead. —Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2023 After three young Black players missed penalty kicks in the 2021 defeat, they were subjected to racist slurs. —Mark Landler, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2023 King-Carroll added that the City of Milwaukee was also missing from the show, which has a history of police raids of LGBTQ+ establishments and overpolicing in the city’s predominantly Black North Side. —Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 19 Aug. 2023 Advertisement High on John Hightower (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)After an eye-popping start to training camp, veteran wide receiver John Hightower missed valuable time — and the preseason opener — because of an undisclosed injury. —Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 Jonas Bare, 50, and Cynthia Hovsepian, 37, were reported missing by local authorities last week after failing to check out of their accommodations following a hike. —Timothy Nerozzi, Fox News, 19 Aug. 2023 The 28-year-old was also placed on the IL in late May and missed most of June before reinjuring it in mid-July. —Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 9 Aug. 2023 But that’s not a viable education policy, and policy is what’s missing here. —Kyle Whitmire | Kwhitmire
But the Eagles couldn’t connect on their most crucial plays, including the two fourth-down misses. —James Weber, The Enquirer, 18 Aug. 2023 York wasn’t in the best mindset last season as the misses piled up. —Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2023 Jerry Beck Glendale Sparks’ moment to shine Big miss on you for not covering the triumphant Hollywood Bowl concert by L.A. brothers Sparks. —Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2023 The summer box office could use a lift after several big-budget misses, including The Flash (Warner Bros./DC Studios), Elemental (Disney/Pixar) and Dial of Destiny (Disney/Lucasfilm). —Pamela Mc
Clintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 July 2023 By afternoon’s end, the crowd had turned on them, booing each miss and sarcastically cheering an Aubrey make when the two Cowboys kickers combined to go 1-for-6 during a hurry-up period midway into practice. —Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2023 Youngsters scrambled about to pick up the cards with each miss until one card ascended to the world-record height. —cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 That said, an artist not matching their opus isn’t the automatic mark of a miss. —Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 31 July 2023 Nearly 60% of his pitches were fastballs, a pitch that generated eight swings and misses. —Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 29 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English missan; akin to Old High German missan to miss

to fail to do or experience something, often something planned or expected, or to avoid doing or experiencing something:
My office is the first on the right with a bright red door. You can"t miss it (= it is very easy to find).
A golden eagle is so large and distinctive that no birdwatcher, however inexperienced, could possibly miss it.
a title given to a woman who wins a beauty contest, combined with the name of the place that she represents:
to fail to do, see, or experience something, esp. something planned or expected when it is available:
A woman who has won a beauty competition is often given the title "Miss" and the name of the place that she represents:


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