[ 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.
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Origin of shirr
First recorded in 1840–50; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM shirrun·shirred, adjective
Words nearby shirr
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Example sentences from the Web for shirr
Shirr′ing, decorative-shirred needlework; Shirr′ing-string, a cord used to gather the threads together in shirred-work.
Shirr, Shir, shėr, n. a puckering made in a fabric by parallel gathering-threads.
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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