- a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
- ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.
- to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
- to involve; entangle.
- to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.
- to sink in mire or mud; stick.
Origin of mire
Related Words for mirequagmire, entangle, implicate, embroil, ensnare, involve, flounder, enmesh, stick, tangle, trap, goo, swamp, fen, dirt, slime, mud, marsh, ooze, moss
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Contemporary Examples of mire
Desert warfare was, by definition, mobile warfare, the antithesis of the lethal attrition in the mire of the Western Front.Lawrence of Arabia Became Popular as the Dashing Antithesis of the War in Europe
December 21, 2013
But she let us film her journey back from the mire of scandal and the brink of despair for OWN.Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Favorite World of Wonder Clips (VIDEO)
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
February 5, 2013
Historical Examples of mire
We found a good many dead, and several horses in the mire, but no wounded.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The effort we had to make at every step to get our feet out of the mire tired us out.My Double Life
You think he's on your side, and suddenly he splashes you with mire!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Some, in their panic, leaped out into the shallow water and sunk in the mire.
The stove, with its perspective all awry, was tame and precise, and in colour as dingy as mire.His Masterpiece
- a boggy or marshy area
- mud, muck, or dirt
- to sink or cause to sink in a mire
- (tr) to make dirty or muddy
- (tr) to involve, esp in difficulties
Word Origin 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).
c.1400, in figurative sense of "to involve in difficulties," from mire (n.). Literal sense is from 1550s. Related: Mired; miring.
- 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.