Main definitions of mister in English

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mister1

noun

  • 1

    ‘look here, mister know-all’
    variant form of mr, often used humorously or with offensive emphasis
    • ‘That's my wife you're talking about, mister.’
    • ‘Well, I'm sorry, mister, but I've been a Frank Zappa fan since before you were even wearing diapers, okay?’
    • ‘Well mister, we won't be having any of that.’
    • ‘And mister, if you don't smarten up you'll end up just like her.’
    • ‘Another voice could be heard that was even louder, ‘You don't have to like my decision mister but you will have to live with it!’
    • ‘"Well mister," she said, pointing her fork at him.’
    • ‘You just wait until you have problems fitting into your tux, mister.’
    • ‘You can't get away with changing the subject mister!’
    • ‘‘My memory has just been sold’ - well, boo-hoo, mister!’
    • ‘I may be pregnant but I will get up and kick your butt mister.’
    • ‘I think you've been reading too many Tom Clancy novels, mister.’
    • ‘Hold your tongue mister, you're going to say something stupid.’
    • ‘She'd march him down the street to some secret bunker and shove his nose into a nuclear bomb and say, ‘Uh, huh, and what do you call this, mister?’’
    1. 1.1informal Used as a form of address to a man whose name is not known.
      ‘thanks, mister’
      • ‘‘Thanks, mister,’ I gasped at the guide who pulled me out.’
      • ‘Thanks, mister, but I don't even know your name!’
      • ‘He said to me, ‘I understand there was some dancing going on, mister.’’
      • ‘Then some kid will turn up on a Saturday from Auchtermuchty or somewhere like that and say to me, ‘Hey, mister, are you the man that does the rugby?’’
      • ‘Yes, I think the audience is well aware of that, mister.’
      • ‘"Sorry mister, I didn't mean to startle you," he said.’
      • ‘He could only speak a few words, pleading ‘No, mister.’’
      • ‘‘I like your song, mister,’ Ronnie said as he dropped in the coins.’
      • ‘There were no cries of, ‘Hey, mister, you need taxi?’’
      • ‘One or two young Iraqi boys approached them awkwardly and tried to say hello… ‘Mister, mister!’’
      • ‘As the fellow carried him ashore, the boy looked up and said, ‘Thanks for saving my life, mister.’’
      • ‘With all due respect, mister, I think it is always our objective to win.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: weakened form of master in unstressed use before a name.

Pronunciation:

mister

/ˈmɪstə/

Main definitions of mister in English

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mister2

noun

  • A device with a nozzle for spraying a mist of water, especially on houseplants.

    • ‘In warm weather a mister will be attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies too!’
    • ‘After planting, soak the bottom of the container in a pan of water until the surface is wet or spray with a mister until well-watered.’
    • ‘Blend a cup of cold water with 12 drops of jasmine essential oil, put the mix in a spray bottle with a fine mister, and spritz your lower legs before you go to sleep.’
    • ‘And I carry a small spray bottle - a mister - to hydrate my face and eyes.’
    • ‘He poured the entire liquid contents into a small mister and smiled.’
    • ‘If you do not have time or do not need to wash your hair, just dampening it slightly with a mister or wet comb should do the trick.’
    • ‘I recommend a plant sprayer / mister rather than a water pistol, unless you really need to intervene at a distance.’
    • ‘A fun way to make sure your bird gets his regular shower is to use a mister.’
    • ‘Rabbits, which find the knee-high orchard grass perfectly hospitable habitat, have also presented problems, particularly since they have shown a penchant for the spaghetti tubing that connects the irrigation hose to the misters.’
    • ‘The exhaust pipe was very hot, so I sprayed it with the mister I use for my seedlings to dry to cool it down.’
    • ‘Also use a pebble tray or spray plants often with a mister to increase humidity.’
    • ‘Use a mister for larger planter boxes with the same method that you used with the drippers.’

Pronunciation:

mister

/ˈmɪstə/