- to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads.
- to bake (eggs removed from the shell) in a shallow dish or in individual dishes.
- Also shirr·ing. a shirred arrangement, as of cloth.
Origin of shirr
First recorded in 1840–50; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for shirred
She shirred and sewed together a piece of cloth about three yards around.Old Rail Fence Corners
Melon or berries, broiled ham, shirred eggs, creamed potatoes.American Cookery
Then a small heading is made on one side of the strip that is to be shirred.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
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When Hennessy heard of it he shirred his mouth into a pucker and whistled ecstatically.
He shirred his lips into an ecstatic pucker and whistled triumphantly.
- to gather (fabric) into two or more parallel rows to decorate a dress, blouse, etc, often using elastic thread
- (tr) to bake (eggs) out of their shells
- a series of gathered rows decorating a dress, blouse, etc
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shirred
"to gather (cloth) on parallel threads," 1860 (implied in shirring), back-formation from shirred (1847), from shirr (n.) "elastic webbing," of unknown origin.
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