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mire

[ mahyuhr ]
/ maɪər /
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Definition of mire

noun
a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.
verb (used with object), mired, mir·ing.
to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
to involve; entangle.
to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.
verb (used without object), mired, mir·ing.
to sink and stick in mire or mud.
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Origin of mire

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr “bog”; cognate with Old English mēos moss

OTHER WORDS FROM mire

mired, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mire

mire
/ (maɪə) /

noun
a boggy or marshy area
mud, muck, or dirt
verb
to sink or cause to sink in a mire
(tr) to make dirty or muddy
(tr) to involve, esp in difficulties

Derived forms of mire

miriness, nounmiry, adjective

Word Origin for mire

C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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