Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Miss n.

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

1. [late 16C+] 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.

2. [early 18C-early 19C; 1920s+] (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.

Used with specific or metonymic proper names

In compounds

Miss Amy (n.) [Folb, Runnin’ Down Some Lines (1980), suggests source in Amy Carter, daughter of US President Jimmy Carter]

[1960s+] (US black) a young white woman.

Miss Ann (n.) (also Miss Anne, Miss Annie)

[1920s+] (US black) a white woman; esp. when considered to be hostile or patronizing to blacks.

Miss Astor (n.) (also Mrs Astor) [the wealthy Astor family, once social arbiters of New York] [1960s+] (US)

1. a woman who overdresses.

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

Miss Big Stockings (n.)

[1950s] (US black) an attractive, well-built, conspicuous young woman.

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]

[mid–18C–19C] the vagina.

Miss Carrie (n.) [pun on carry/Carrie]

[1960s] (drugs) a quantity of drugs carried on one’s person.

Miss Emma (n.) [the letter M]

[1930s+] (drugs) morphine.

Miss Emma Jones (n.) [prev. + jones n.1 ]

[1950s+] an addiction to morphine.

Miss Fine (n.) [fine adj. (3)]

[1950s–70s] (US) form of address aimed at one who is considered to be overly self-opinionated.

Miss Fist (n.)

[1950s+] the hand, in the context of masturbation.

Miss Fitch (n.) [rhy. sl. = bitch n.1 ]

1. [20C+] an unpleasant woman.

2. [1970s] (US gay) a ‘feminine’ male homosexual.

Miss Flash (n.) (also flash queen) [flash n.1 (9)]

[1950s–70s] (camp gay) a user of amphetamines or Benzedrine.

Miss It (n.)

[1950s+] (orig. US gay) a greeting to a fellow homosexual man.

Miss Jane (n.)

[1950s] (W.I.) an effeminate man.

Miss Lashey (n.) [? lasher n.1 , but while this man also chases women, it is for gossip rather than seduction, thus the effeminate Miss]

[1950s] (W.I.) a male gossip.

Miss Laycock (n.) (also Gammar Laycock, Lady Laycock, Mrs Laycock, Nancy Laycock) [pun on lay v.1 + cock n.3 (1)]

[18C–19C] the vagina; thus anthropomorphized in 18C as a prostitute.

Miss Lillian (n.) [Folb, Runnin’ Down Some Lines (1980), suggests link to Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter]

[1960s–80s] (US black) a white girl or woman of any age, but usu. an older woman.

Miss Lizzie Tish (n.) (also Miss Tizzie Lish) [? anecdotal or a joc. use of a generic proper name] [1960s+] (US)

1. a woman who overdresses.

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

Miss Lucy (n.)

[1970s] (US black) generic for a white girl or woman of any age, but usu. an older woman.

Miss Man (n.) [man n. (4)]

[1970s+] (US black gay) the police.

Miss Mary (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss Morales (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a Mexican homosexual.

Miss Nancy (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss Peach (n.) [peach v.]

[1950s–70s] (camp gay) an informer.

Miss Palmer (n.)

[1970s] the hand, in context of masturbation.

Miss Piggy (n.) [rhy. sl. = ciggie n.; ult. the character in the TV puppet series The Muppets (1976–80)]

[1990s+] a cigarette.

Miss Placed Confidence (n.)

[19C] (US Asian) venereal disease.

Miss Thing (n.)

see separate entry.

Miss van Neck (n.) (also Mrs van Neck) [joc. use of supposed proper name]

[late 18C–early 19C] a woman with large breasts.

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

[1950s–70s] (camp gay) a notably thin person.