Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Miss n.

also Dame, Lady, Madam(e), Mistress, Mrs, Princess

1. a title used in comb. with a n. to express the subject’s primary characteristic, e.g. Miss Grind, a very hard worker; thus ‘Frenchified’ as Mademoiselle.

[UK]Misogonus in Farmer (1906) II iv: What, doth Dame Fortune now begin to frown?
[UK]‘W.S.’ Lamentable Tragedie of Locrine III iv: Mistresse nicebice, how fine you can nickname me, I think you were brought up in the vniuersity of bridewell.
[UK]Chapman Blind Beggar of Alexandria vii: Well, Madam Short-heels, I’ll be even with you.
[UK]H. Porter Two Angry Women of Abington C3: Mistresse flurt – you foule strumpet .
[UK]J. Cooke How A Man May Choose A Good Wife From A Bad Act III: Ile tell my Mistris as soone as I come home, that Mistris light-heeles comes to dinner to morrow.
[UK]Rowlands Diogenes Lanthorne 12: See how hee laughs to him selfe, at yonder playne gentlewoman in the old fashion, because she ha’s not the trash and trumpery of mistris Loose-legges about her.
[UK]N. Field Woman is a Weathercock (1888) I ii: God’s precious! Save you Mistresse Wagtail.
[UK]Dekker O per se O N2: Euery one of them hath a peculiar Nick-name [...] And (as I haue heard) there was an Abram, who called his Mort, Madam Wap-apace.
[UK]J. Mabbe (trans.) Life of Guzman Pt II Bk I 7: Euen my Lady Ninny-hammer would that I should onely write for her pleasure.
[UK]W. Cartwright Royal Slave I i: Sirrah Gaoler, see you send Mistris Turn-key your wife to take us up whores enough.
[UK]T. Heywood Royal King and Loyal Subject III iii: Here they say dwells my Lady Bawdy-face; here will we knock.
[UK]T. Killigrew Parson’s Wedding (1664) IV i: And who do you think I saw there? [...] Your Aunt and Mistress Pleasant.
[UK]Vanbrugh Relapse II i: There is my Lady Tattle, my Lady Prate, and my Lady Titter, my Lady Leer, my Lady Giggle, and my Lady Grin.
[UK]R. Estcourt Fair Example II i: D’ye hear how she answers me, Sir? Of Age! Why how old do you think I am, Mrs. Pert? [Ibid.] III ii: Do I so, Mrs Nimblechaps!
[UK]N. Ward London Terraefilius IV 33: Mrs. Busiebody of a Prattlebox is such an unsufferable Plague to the Neighbourhood she Lives in.
[UK]W. Taverner The Maid the Mistress IV i: Look you Mrs. Nimble-chops, if you can make it out, that I got her with Child, I’ll marry her.
[UK]Vanbrugh & Cibber Provoked Husband II i: Hah! Miss Pert. [Ibid.] V ii: And for you Mrs. Hot-upon’t [...] Did you know, Hussy, that you were within two Minutes of marrying a Pick-Pocket?
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 252: Walden was known among the Pyrates mostly by the Nick-name of Miss Nanney (ironically its presumed from the Hardness of his Temper).
[UK]Sadler Song 128 Muses Delight 278/2: Miss Forward is known by th’ air of her dress, / With painting and patches so neat.
[UK]‘Geoffrey Wildgoose’ Spiritual Quixote I Bk v 317: Lady Shockingphyz was mortified this morning.
[UK]Mme D’Arblay Diary and Letters (1904) I 140: His lady, a sort of Mrs. Nobody. [Ibid.] 227: Miss Slyboots! — that is exactly the thing.
[UK] ‘Three Monks’ in Nightly Sports of Venus 26: ’Twas not enough, said Mistress Sly.
[UK]‘C. Caustic’ Petition Against Tractorising Trumpery 62: Madam Hoaxhoax, in her glass, Beholding what it truly was, Exclaim’d ‘My last new wig I’ll burn up’.
[UK]J. Poole Hamlet Travestie III iv: Miss Prim is seated at her glass, With paints and washes to bedaub her face.
[UK]J. Hogg Brownie of Bodsbeck I 111: No juggling with me, old Mrs Skinflint.
[US]J.F. Cooper Pioneers (1827) II 61: I ask you, Mistress Pretty-bones, if she didn’t walk.
[Aus]Sydney Gaz. 30 Oct. 4/1: But, props, she may be like Miss Flirt, and wouldn’t admire such a lover as Bill Kangaroo.
[UK]M. Scott Cruise of the Midge II 195: Indeed, Miss Tomboy!
[UK]Nottingham Eve. Post 12 Feb. 5/5: Not-on-your-life! Miss Knowall.
[UK]Mrs. Cuddle’s Bed-Room Lectures (10–15) 6: Pray where have you been all the day. / With sweet Miss Prettyman I suppose.
[UK](con. mid-18C) G.A. Sala Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous 95: Mistress Slyboots, the Maid, used to say that he was in love.
[UK]Tamworth Herald 12 June 2/5: Miss Spindleshanks and Miss Bonyhips.
[UK]Leeds Times 17 Nov. 6/4: ‘Yes, my dear,’ said Miss Up-to-date to her favourite gossip.
R.J. Cassidy Gipsy Road 51: I saw Mademoiselle Moneybags step out of that elegant car .
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 15: Miss Applesauce, I want you to meet my friends.
[US]E. Ferber ‘Classified’ One Basket (1947) 224: Oh, aren’t you, Miss Nosy! And why not?
[US]J.H. O’Hara letter 1 Nov. in Bruccoli Sel. Letters 15: No liquor and lots of milk [...] and even a cutting down of my lone vice Madame Nicotine.
[US]H.C. Witwer Yes Man’s Land 302: I’m no Miss Fix-It.
[US](con. 1904) F. Riesenberg Log of the Sea 185: A Miss Corker took quite a shine to the boatswain.
[UK] in T. Harrisson Mass-Observation War Factory: Report 11: He catches sight of a piece of bread left on someone’s plate on the supper table. He snatches it up and throws it in the fire ... ‘Well, that’s one bit less for Mrs. Scrounge when she comes in to see what we’ve left.’.
[US]L. Hughes Tambourines to Glory II i: A toast – to Miss Bitch.
[US] in M. Daly Profile of Youth 123: A teacher who dyes her hair may be referred to as ‘Miss Peroxide’.
[UK]H.G. Lamond Big Red 85: Mrs. Public-House disturbed spiders from dark corners when she dusted spare bedrooms.
[UK](con. 1943) A. Myrer Big War 11: Little Miss Teasie-Bubs.
[US]P. Mandel Mainside 73: You’ll put it all down, how VF-86 had this big orgy [...] and miss nicey-pants did this and that.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Farm (1968) 58: They think I think I’m some kind of Miss Priss broad.
[UK]M. Novotny Kings Road 137: And now Miss Copy-Cat has followed your lead.
[US](con. 1950s) Jacobs & Casey Grease II iv: Just a minute, Miss Goody-Goody! Who do you think you are?
[US](con. 1945) M. Angelou Gather Together In My Name 91: I shall call you Miss Idiot, Miss Stupid, Miss Fool.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 98: Here comes Miss Hang Crepe, morose as ever.
[US]G. Swarthout Skeletons 233: I could be a cowardly son of a bitch and say, okay, baby, I christen you Miss Incest of 1946.
[US]O’Day & Eells High Times Hard Times 36: I was only fifteen and acted like Miss Priss.
[US](con. 1968) Bunch & Cole Reckoning for Kings (1989) 385: Man ... who the fuck you think you be? Miss Victory, 1968?
[US](con. 1940s) C. Bram Hold Tight (1990) 97: Whooey! [...] Miss Muscles again?
[WI]L. Goodison Baby Mother and King of Swords 73: It was really she he was dancing with not Miss High-and-Mighty in the red chiffon dress.
[UK](con. late 1940s) V. Foot Sixteen Shillings And Tuppence Ha’penny 32: Okay, Miss Clever Clogs.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 91: Check Princess Dipshit. She justs sits there.

2. (gay) a title prefixed to a name to imply that the subject’s homosexuality is known or obvious. The pfx was a staple of pre-Gay Liberation Front camp usage, e.g. Miss Ugly.

[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 37: One Oviat [...] and another Molly, a Butcher of Butcher-Row, near Temple-Bar, stood as Bridesmaids, and that Oviat went by the Name of Miss Kitten, the Butcher by the Name of the Princess Saraphina. [Ibid.] 38: There is a Club of these Mollies [...] The Stewards are Miss Fanny Knight, and Aunt England.
[UK]Holloway (printer)Vere Street Coterie 12: These reptiles assume feigned names [...] for instance, Kitty Cambric is a Coal Merchant; Miss Selina, a Runner at a Police office; Black-eyed Leonora, a Drummer; Pretty Harriet, a Butcher; Lady Godina, a Waiter; the Duchess of Gloucester, a gentleman’s servant; Duchess of Devonshire, a Blacksmith; and Miss Sweet Lips, a Country Grocer.
[UK]Paul Pry 19 Mar. 1/2: [T]he puritanical cove [...] being no less an individual than the landlord, old Jack Crouch, formerly a footman to a fat fidgetty old dowager, where his finical manners amongst the servants obtained for him the name of Miss Crouch, and afterwards generally known at the West-end of the town as old Mother Crouch.
[US]Ma Rainey ‘Sissy Blues’ [lyrics] My man got a sissy, his name is ‘Miss Kate’.
[US]‘R. Scully’ Scarlet Pansy 251: Men that were real he-men were often referred to as ‘Miss So-and-So’ [...] ‘See! Miss So-and-So is all dressed up in drag this morning.’.
‘Jimmy Cagney in “Boys Will Be Girls”’ [comic strip] ‘Oh fuck Miss Powell!’ ‘Yeah, that’s what he always wants!’.
[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 230: ‘You mean tackling that queer,’ she laughed [...] ‘Yeg, him, Miss Theodorah.’.
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 98: Miss Lorelei — I mean, Officer Morgan, dear — is as much a lady as I am.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 15: What would you know about opera Miss Cocksucker?
[US]A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 163: I don’t know about you, honey, but I’m gonna mingle. They might be giving out a Miss Congeniality award.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 3: Lust for a queen named Miss Amber had done Junior down.
[SA]K. Cage Gayle 83/1: Mrs n. title prefixed to a man’s surname (Here comes Mrs Smith).
[US](con. 1960s) E. White My Lives 180: We spoke of every man in the feminine [...] Everyone was titled ‘Miss’ (as in ‘Miss Thing’ or ‘Miss Postman’).
[US](con. early 1960s) E. White in N.Y. Rev. Bks 25 Oct. [Internet] I would in effect teach them how to camp—[...] how to refer to oneself (as Auden does in a poem) as ‘Miss Me’ or ‘Your Mother’.

Used with specific or metonymic proper names

In compounds

Miss Amy (n.) [1980 cit. suggests source in Amy Carter, daughter of US President Jimmy Carter]

(US black) a young white woman.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 209: Miss Lillian and Amy have taken their place alongside Miss Ann as expressions for a white female.
Miss Ann (n.) (also Miss Anne, Miss Annie)

(US black) a white woman; esp. when considered to be hostile or patronizing to blacks.

[US]Van Vechten Nigger Heaven 280: Look at Buddie wid Miss Annie ... Dat ain’ Miss Annie, dat’s kinkout.
[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 303: miss anne Non-specific designation of ‘swell’ whites [...] ‘His mamma’s got a fur coat just like Miss Anne’s, too.’.
[US]T. Gordon Born to Be (1975) 236: Miss Ann and Mister Eddie: Emancipated blue-bloods.
[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 1004: I had to leave from down south ’cause Miss Anne used to worry me so bad to go with me.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Farm (1968) 177: I heard all this head action going down in the next stall. I didn’t dream it was Miss Ann and her sweet girl taking off.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 175: After a while Efam showed up in a fine horse-drawn carriage with the master and Miss Anne.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 48: I got an older sister that thinks she’s white [...] She was high and mighty Miss Anne.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines xxi: Their tongue-in-cheek cynicism [...] finds the proverbial Miss Ann replaced by Miss Lillian and Amy.
[US]J.L. Gwaltney Drylongso 138: These yallas try to play Miss Anne.
Miss Astor (n.) (also Mrs Astor) [the wealthy Astor family, once social arbiters of New York] (US)

1. a woman who overdresses.

[US] in DARE.

2. usu. mocking, an elite ‘social leader’ of a community.

[US] in DARE.
Miss Big Stockings (n.)

(US black) an attractive, well-built, conspicuous young woman.

[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 27: ‘Hey, Jake, who’s Miss Big Stockings the boys tell me you done latched onto?’ [...] ‘Built like a brick ...’ The guys cut off Jake’s comment with laughter.
Miss Brown (n.) (also brown madam, Madam Brown) [joc./euph. use of proper name; Grose’s ms text makes it clear that Farmer (1896) is a misreading]

the vagina.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Brown Madam or Miss Brown. The Monosyllable.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 85: Crot, m. The female pudendum; ‘the brown madam’.
[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 185: The elliptic mood is still sometimes found, however, in the advertisements of those on the game, where they delicately refer to Miss Brown, Madam Brown, Itching Jenny, Mary Lane, Madge Howlett and Miss Laycock in shop-window come-ons.
Miss Emma (n.) [the letter M]

(drugs) morphine.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 106/1: miss emma. Morphine.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 145: Miss Emma. Morphine.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 15: Miss Emma — Morphine.
[US]F.X. Toole Pound for Pound 60: He used Dilaudid if he was low on morphine, but he preferred ‘Miss Emma.’.
Miss Fine (n.) [fine adj. (3)]

(US) form of address aimed at one who is considered to be overly self-opinionated.

[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 172: You can start getting ready for the track too, Miss Fine.
[US]D. Goines Daddy Cool (1997) 23: And another thing, Miss Fine [...] you had better make sure that motherfuckin’ door hits you in the crack of your ass before twelve o’clock at night.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 105: Hi, Miss Fine, didn’t expect you until tonight.
Miss Fist (n.)

the hand, in the context of masturbation.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 742: mid-C.20.
Sex-Lexis [Internet].
Miss Fitch (n.) [rhy. sl. = bitch n.1 ]

1. an unpleasant woman.

[UK]J. Franklyn Dict. of Rhy. Sl. (2nd edn).

2. (US gay) a ‘feminine’ male homosexual.

[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 118: Elsewhere Aylwin lists a few more ‘Vulgarities’: [...] bitch (Miss Fitch, the opposite of masculine butch in camp homosexual slang).
Miss Flash (n.) (also flash queen) [flash n.1 (9)]

(camp gay) a user of amphetamines or Benzedrine.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 82: flash queen (fr narc sl flash = jolt brought about by drugs) gay drug user. Syn: Miss Flash.
Miss It (n.)

(orig. US gay) a greeting to a fellow homosexual man.

[US]N. Heard Howard Street 115: Oh, Miss It, you’re just too much. Just look at his gorgeous hair.
Miss Lashey (n.) [? lasher n.1 , but while this man also chases women, it is for gossip rather than seduction, thus the effeminate Miss]

(W.I.) a male gossip.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
Miss Laycock (n.) (also Gammar Laycock, Lady Laycock, Mrs Laycock, Nancy Laycock) [pun on lay v.1 + cock n.3 (1)]

the vagina; thus anthropomorphized in 18C as a prostitute.

Betterton Amorous Widow [dramatis personae] Lady Laycock.
[UK]N. Ward Northern Cuckold in Misc. IV 26: [A] Blowze just tumbl’d by her Lover, Sweating as much as Gammar Laycock, just rais’d by Ralph from Mow or Haycock.
[UK]View of London and Westminster 16: Lady Laycock presents him her Compliments.
[UK]‘Capt. Samuel Cock’ Voyage to Lethe (2nd edn) [title page] printed for Mrs. Laycock, at Mr. Clevercock’s in Smock Alley.
Kitty’s Attalantis 52: Received of John Goodcock, esq; the sum of five guineas, for my maidenhead; which is more than any of the Badcocks in the parish wou’d give. nancy laycock.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Miss Laycock. The Monosyllable.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
‘US Army Sl. 1870s–1880s’ [compiled by R. Bunting, San Diego CA, 2001] Miss Laycock A vagina.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 185: The elliptic mood is still sometimes found, however, in the advertisements of those on the game, where they delicately refer to Miss Brown, Madam Brown, Itching Jenny, Mary Lane, Madge Howlett and Miss Laycock in shop-window come-ons.
Miss Lillian (n.) [1980 cit. suggests link to Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter]

(US black) a white girl or woman of any age, but usu. an older woman.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines xxi: Their tongue-in-cheek cynicism [...] finds the proverbial Miss Ann replaced by Miss Lillian and Amy.
Miss Lizzie Tish (n.) (also Miss Tizzie Lish) [? anecdotal or a joc. use of a generic proper name] (US)

1. a woman who overdresses.

[US] in DARE file.

2. usu. mocking, an élite ‘social leader’ of a community.

[US] in DARE file.
Miss Lucy (n.)

(US black) generic for a white girl or woman of any age, but usu. an older woman.

[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 139: Your old lady, she may have a square job cleaning Miss Lucy’s kitchen, but she’s holdin’ policiers, bettin’ on the numbers.
Miss Mary (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss Morales (n.)

(US gay) a Mexican homosexual.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 29: Mexican homosexual [...] Miss Morales (‘Just cause Miss Morales paints her nails is no sign that she doesn’t know how to point her johnson’).
Miss Nancy (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss Palmer (n.)

the hand, in context of masturbation.

[WI]S. Selvon Moses Ascending (1984) 24: I know that if I didn’t play it cool, I would end up in a corner playing with Miss Palmer.
Miss Placed Confidence (n.)

(US Asian) venereal disease.

[US]S.P. Boyer diary 13 June in Barnes Naval Surgeon (1963) 54: I am afraid that he ‘will carry the pitcher once too often to the well.’ If so, why, he’ll be compelled to weep for his Japanese lady friend and have occasion to remember her for some time. For a victim of ‘Miss Placed Confidence’ in Japan is the worst kind of victim. [Ibid.] 12 Aug. 89: Lanced a bubo for Mr. Heaton, right groin — another victim of ‘Miss Placed Confidence’.
Miss Thing (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss Xylophone (n.) [the equation of protruding ribs and the metal bars of the instrument]

(camp gay) a notably thin person.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.