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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
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  • You owe your Donship to a finesse of mine, so mention this, and you are undone, sirrah!

    The Castle of Andalusia John O'Keeffe
  • Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • Do you, sirrah, dare to swear that what you are pointing out are the true boundaries of my lands?

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • sirrah, heres a fellow will help you to-morrow 20 in your execution.

    Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
  • Take notice, I'll lay you by the heels, sirrah: this has the appearance of an unlawful bloody challenge.

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

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • You shall speak with me at the close of the lesson, and that, sirrah, is now!

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • He thus addressed him: "sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me."

  • I would have thee to understand, sirrah, that thou art fitter for the House they have chaired thee unto than for mine.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Then harkee you rascal at the Bar, hear me, sirrah, hear me.

    Pirates Anonymous
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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