- to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads.
- to bake (eggs removed from the shell) in a shallow dish or in individual dishes.
- Also shirr·ing. a shirred arrangement, as of cloth.
Origin of shirr
Examples from the Web for shirr
Historical Examples of shirr
Shirr some eggs, and before serving pour some tomato sauce, or pure, over the white of the eggs.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
Shirr, Shir, shėr, n. a puckering made in a fabric by parallel gathering-threads.
Shirr′ing, decorative-shirred needlework; Shirr′ing-string, a cord used to gather the threads together in shirred-work.
- to gather (fabric) into two or more parallel rows to decorate a dress, blouse, etc, often using elastic thread
- (tr) to bake (eggs) out of their shells
- a series of gathered rows decorating a dress, blouse, etc
Word Origin for shirr
Word Origin and History for shirr
"to gather (cloth) on parallel threads," 1860 (implied in shirring), back-formation from shirred (1847), from shirr (n.) "elastic webbing," of unknown origin.