[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. shirley,
  2. shirley poppy,
  3. shirley temple,
  4. shirley, james,
  5. shirley, william,
  6. shirt,
  7. shirt front,
  8. shirt jacket,
  9. shirt-dress,
  10. shirt-lifter

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 shirred


/ (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 shirred



"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