- the male parent of a quadruped.
- a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
- a father or forefather.
- a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
- to beget; procreate as the father.
Origin of sire
Examples from the Web for sired
We are black, born of black mothers, and sired by black fathers.My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave
Henry M. Stanley
It was conceived in avarice, sired in ignorance, and dammed in greed.The Modern Ku Klux Klan
Henry Peck Fry
That great being who sired our glorious country, is yet to come again.The Corner House Girls in a Play
Grace Brooks Hill
Sired by a hurricane, dam'd by an earthquake, half-brother to the cholera, nearly related to the small-pox on the mother's side!Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She's a beauty, gentlemen, sired by the famous Potiphar who won the Epsom Handicap and no end of minor stakes.Boyhood in Norway
Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
- a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
- a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
- obsolete a man of high rank
- (tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
Word Origin and History for sired
c.1200, title placed before a name and denoting knighthood, from Old French sire "lord (appellation), sire, my lord," from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior "older, elder" (see senior (adj.)). Standing alone and meaning "your majesty" it is attested from early 13c. General sense of "important elderly man" is from mid-14c.; that of "father, male parent" is from mid-13c.
"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.