[ shur ]
/ ʃɜr /
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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 shirring. 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
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How to use shirr in a sentence
Long elbow cuffs, and above them two beautiful puffs divided by rows of shirring and bows of brown-silk ribbon.Anne Of Green Gables|Lucy Maud Montgomery
This may be in the form of a cupboard or small closet, or a bag made of light rubber cloth and provided with a shirring string.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
The shirring string under the crown is pulled up first and the material over-handed to the frame.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft|Effie Archer Archer
Straight across the pond she went, her toes shirring the water, and up and up and up—then off.Angel Island|Inez Haynes Gillmore
Machine work: Plain stitching, tucking, shirring, bias strips stitched on material.The Making of a Trade School|Mary Schenck Woolman
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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