[ shur ]
/ ʃɜr /

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1840–50; origin uncertain
Related formsun·shirred, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shirr


/ (ʃɜː) /


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

noun Also: shirring

a series of gathered rows decorating a dress, blouse, etc

Word Origin for shirr

C19: of unknown origin
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper