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

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss
Related formsun·mired, adjective
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Related Words for mire

quagmire, entangle, implicate, embroil, ensnare, involve, flounder, enmesh, stick, tangle, trap, goo, swamp, fen, dirt, slime, mud, marsh, ooze, moss

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British Dictionary definitions for mire


  1. a boggy or marshy area
  2. mud, muck, or dirt
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  1. to sink or cause to sink in a mire
  2. (tr) to make dirty or muddy
  3. (tr) to involve, esp in difficulties
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Derived Formsmiriness, nounmiry, adjective

Word Origin for mire

C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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Word Origin and History for mire


c.1300, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse myrr "bog, swamp"), from Proto-Germanic *miuzja- (cf. Old English mos "bog, marsh"), from PIE *meus- "damp" (see moss).

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c.1400, in figurative sense of "to involve in difficulties," from mire (n.). Literal sense is from 1550s. Related: Mired; miring.

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mire in Medicine


  1. Any of the test objects on the arm of a keratometer whose image, as reflected on the curved surface of the cornea, is used in calculating the amount of astigmatism.
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