[ mahyuh r ]
/ maɪər /


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.


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Origin of mire

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss


un·mired, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for miring

  • 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|Francis Lynde
  • We found many wet places but no signs of swamps, nor danger of miring.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for miring

/ (maɪə) /


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 forms of mire

miriness, nounmiry, adjective

Word Origin for mire

C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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Medical definitions for miring

[ mîr ]


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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