- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
mounseer (plural mounseers)
- Eye dialect spelling of monsieur.
1904, Frank E. Smedley, Frank Fairlegh:
- Well, as I didn't like to rile the old woman by refusing to do what she wanted, I went to a French mounseer, to teach me my paces; I've been in training above a month, so I thought I'd come here just as a sort of trial to see how I could go the pace."
1892, Georg Ebers, The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood:
- Rumor first brought to Berlin the tidings of the destruction of the great army on the icy plains of Russia; then its remnants, starving, worn, ragged, appeared in the capital; and the street-boys, who not long before had been forced by the French soldiers to clean their boots, now with little generosity--they were only "street-boys"--shouted sneeringly, "Say, mounseer, want your boots blacked?"
1872, James De Mille, The Dodge Club:
- "Wee mounseer," said he, with utter desperation.
1836, Robert Seymour, The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Complete:
- "A French mounseer do that!