[mahyuh r]


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 in mire or mud; stick.

Nearby words

  1. miranda, francisco de,
  2. mirandize,
  3. mirandola, giovanni pico della,
  4. miras,
  5. mirchi,
  6. mirena,
  7. mirepoix,
  8. miri,
  9. miriam,
  10. mirim

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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British Dictionary definitions for mire



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
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
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Medicine definitions for mire




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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