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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads.
  2. to bake (eggs removed from the shell) in a shallow dish or in individual dishes.
  1. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for shirring


  1. to gather (fabric) into two or more parallel rows to decorate a dress, blouse, etc, often using elastic thread
  2. (tr) to bake (eggs) out of their shells
noun Also: shirring
  1. 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 shirring



"to gather (cloth) on parallel threads," 1860 (implied in shirring), back-formation from shirred (1847), from shirr (n.) "elastic webbing," of unknown origin.

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