- 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 Wordsquagmire, entangle, implicate, embroil, ensnare, involve, flounder, enmesh, stick, tangle, trap, goo, swamp, fen, dirt, slime, mud, marsh, ooze, moss
Examples from the Web for miring
We found many wet places but no signs of swamps, nor danger of miring.William Clayton's Journal
It didn't seem at all necessary to harrow her with the story of Ingerson's miring in the drink demoniac's morass.Pirates' Hope
For, beyond watching the river to keep the cattle from miring in the mud lately released from frost grip, there was nothing to do.Rowdy of the Cross L
B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
Canello was so afraid of miring in the soft ground that it was hard to get him across some places that seemed quite innocent.A-Birding on a Bronco
Florence A. Merriam
- 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 miring
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.
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