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[sir-uh] /ˈsɪr ə/
noun, Archaic.
a term of address used to inferiors or children to express impatience, contempt, etc.
Origin of sirrah
1520-30; extended form of sir; source of final vowel is unclear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sirrah
Historical Examples
  • sirrah, get out of my house, or I'll break your bones for you.

  • I cried, “Has your night aloft, sirrah, taught you no better manners?”

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Have you not been out, sirrah, for ten years, and yet you bring us but one?

    The Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne
  • He thus addressed him: "sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me."

  • Then harkee you rascal at the Bar, hear me, sirrah, hear me.

    Pirates Anonymous
  • Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • Come on, sirrah; hold up your head; answer your master, be not afraid.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • sirrah, heres a fellow will help you to-morrow 20 in your execution.

    Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
  • You, sirrah, provide your block and your axe to-morrow four oclock.

    Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
  • You shall speak with me at the close of the lesson, and that, sirrah, is now!

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for sirrah


(archaic) a contemptuous term used in addressing a man or boy
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of sire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sirrah

1520s, term of address used to men or boys expressing anger or contempt, archaic extended form of sir (in U.S., siree, attested from 1823).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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