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[mahyuh r-ee] /ˈmaɪər i/
adjective, mirier, miriest.
of the nature of mire; swampy:
miry ground.
abounding in mire; muddy.
covered or bespattered with mire.
Origin of miry
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mire, -y1
Related forms
miriness, noun
unmiry, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It had taken to the grass, and was heading straight for the miry slough.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Before they can reach the wicket-gate, they fall into a 'miry slough.'


    James Anthony Froude
  • No iron mixed with miry clay, Will ever do, the people say,Hurrah!

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • miry was about the handsomest gal that went into the singers' seat a Sunday.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • No: he said miry was his daughter, and 'twas her bisness to take care on him.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Deck was studying up some way to extricate the wagons from their miry plight.

  • It was over this miry marsh that they proposed to build a wharf.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Sin is a foul, slimy, miry thing, defiling whoever it touches.

  • Was this love made for the many and miry roads through which man must travel?

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is true of its kind, though the dredging of nature is the miry form of art.

Word Origin and History for miry

late 14c., from mire (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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