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Webster 1913 Edition


Sir

Sir

,
Noun.
[OE.
sire
, F.
sire
, contr. from the nominative L.
senior
an elder, elderly person, compar. of
senex
,
senis
, an aged person; akin to Gr. [GREEK][GREEK][GREEK] old, Skr.
sana
, Goth.
sineigs
old,
sinista
eldest, Ir. & Gael.
sean
old, W.
hen
. Cf.
Seignior
,
Senate
,
Seneschal
,
Senior
,
Senor
,
Signor
,
Sire
,
Sirrah
.]
1.
A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; – in this sense usually spelled sire.
[Obs.]
He was crowned lord and
sire
.
Gower.
In the election of a
sir
so rare.
Shakespeare
2.
A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet.
Sir
Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part.
Bacon.
3.
An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; – formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy.
Nares.
Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a
Sir
John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God’s word.
Latimer.
4.
A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; – used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality.
“What's that to you, sir?”
Sheridan.
☞ Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. “Sir man of law.” “Sir parish priest.”
Chaucer.
Sir reverance
.
See under
Reverence
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Sir

SIR

,
Noun.
sur.
1.
A word or respect used in addresses to men, as madam is in addresses to women. It signifies properly lord, corresponding to dominus in Latin, in Spanish, and herr in German. It is used in the singular or plural. Speak on, sir. But sirs, be sudden in the execution.
2.
The title of a knight or baronet; as Sir Horace Vere.
3.
It is used by Shakespeare for man. In the election of a sir so rare. [Not in use.]
4.
In American colleges, the title of a master of arts.
5.
It is prefixed to loin, in sirloin; as a sirloin of beef. This practice is said to have originated in the knighting of a loin of beef by one of the English kings in a fit of good humor.
6.
Formerly the title or a priest.

Definition 2022


Sir

Sir

See also: SIR, sir, sır, sír, sîr, șir, and şîr

English

Noun

Sir (plural Sirs)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of sir.
  2. (Britain) The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet.

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sir

sir

See also: SIR, Sir, sır, sír, sîr, șir, and şîr

English

Noun

sir (plural sirs)

  1. A man of a higher rank or position.
  2. An address to a male military officer superior.
    Yes sir.
  3. An address to a male teacher.
  4. An address to any male, especially if his name or proper address is unknown.
    Excuse me, sir, could you tell me where the nearest bookstore is?
  5. (colloquial) Used as an intensifier after yes or no.

Coordinate terms

  • (address for a military superior officer): ma'am
  • (address for a teacher): miss
  • (address for stranger): madam, ma'am, miss

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Translations

Verb

sir (third-person singular simple present sirs, present participle sirring, simple past and past participle sirred)

  1. To address (someone) using "sir".
    "Right this way, sir." — "You don't have to sir me."
    He sirred me! Do I really look that masculine just because I'm wearing a tie?

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Anagrams


Lojban

Rafsi

sir

  1. rafsi of sirji.

Scottish Gaelic

Verb

sir (past shir, future siridh, verbal noun sireadh, past participle sirte)

  1. seek, search, look for

Synonyms


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *syrъ, derived from "sour milk"

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sîr/

Noun

sȉr m (Cyrillic spelling си̏р)

  1. cheese

Declension

Derived terms


Slovene

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *syrъ, derived from "sour milk"

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsír/
  • Tonal orthography: sȉr

Noun

sìr m inan (genitive síra, nominative plural síri)

  1. cheese

Declension


Uzbek

Noun

sir (plural sirlar)

  1. secret
  2. cheese

Welsh

Noun

sir f (plural siroedd)

  1. county, shire

Zay

Etymology

Cognate to Silt'e [script needed] (sa:r).

Noun

sir

  1. grass

References

  • Initial SLLE Survey of the Zway Area by Klaus Wedekind and Charlotte Wedekind