- 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 Wordsentangle, implicate, embroil, ensnare, involve, flounder, enmesh, stick, tangle, trap, decelerate, retard, soil, detain, dirty, cling, snare, entrap, sink
Examples from the Web for mired
Mired in ideological warfare, America faces her most formidable opponent yet— herself.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?
December 9, 2014
On some issues, Puck was so mired in its own times that the commentary is redundant.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
For days, New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley has been mired in controversy.A Sexism Problem at The New York Times
September 23, 2014
But his asylum was rejected, thanks to the blurring of lines that intelligence assets are often mired in.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
But, as 2014 rolled around, Detroit was mired in an unprecedented citywide bankruptcy.200 Years of Americana in Detroit
July 1, 2014
But our machine is so heavy that if we turn into the ditch I'm afraid we'll be mired.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
Many a boy and girl have got mired in this swamp fiction that you enjoy so much.'Charge It'
What will you do if you get mired twenty miles from a human being?Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
If a sheep or ox get mired in a ditch, we leave our other business, and fly to the rescue.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
Christian was mired there, and Pliable nearly lost his life.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field
Charles Carleton Coffin
- 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 and History for mired
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.