Origin of sir
Words nearby sir
What is a basic definition of sir?
- Real-life examples: Waiters or other service workers are very likely to use sir when addressing male customers. Members of the military will refer to superior officers as sir or ma’am when not using their title or rank. A person may refer to their boss or manager as sir.
- Used in a sentence: The recruits answered the drill sergeant with a loud “Sir, yes, sir!”
Sir can also be used to refer to a gentleman or a lord, especially in a formal setting.
- Used in a sentence: I meant no offense to the good sir or his noble family.
The capitalized Sir indicates that a man is a knight or a baronet.
- Real-life examples: Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawain were two of the knights who served the legendary King Arthur. Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Walter Raleigh are famous historical figures who were knighted. Sir Sean Connery, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Sir Ian McKellan are three modern actors who were knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Used in a sentence: Because Gregory had served Great Britain loyally for over 50 years, he was knighted and became Sir Gregory.
Where does sir come from?
The first records of sir come from around 1250. It comes from Middle English and is an unstressed variant of the word sire, another formal term of address for men.
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What are some other forms related to sir?
- sirs (plural noun)
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How is sir used in real life?
Sir is a common form of address used for men, especially by people showing respect or formality.
Still doesn’t feel right when younger people call me sir. I keep forgetting I’m almost 30 #oldheadtweet
— gustavo (@gustakko) December 9, 2020
My dad told me to keep my hands on the wheel and answer "Yes sir, no sir" if I'm ever pulled over by the police.
Every parent should tell their children that.
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) October 23, 2020
Sir, competence is embodied in character
— Tripp_in (@tripp___in) February 24, 2021
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True or False?
Sir is a formal title that indicates that a man is a captain of a ship.
How to use sir in a sentence
Faruqui addressed the intruder, who was only a few years older as “sir.”How An Indian Stand Up Comic Found Himself Arrested for a Joke He Didn't Tell|Sonia Faleiro|February 10, 2021|Time
Now that he was Sir Alfred, there was one final blast of publicity.
After his knighthood, I stop by to see him and call him Sir Alfred.
De Mena offers me a glass of Sir Francis Drake, Casa Bruja's red ale.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sir Bob, 63, responded with his usual colorful language to his critics.
Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa?
The old man seemed to be greatly agitated, and hurriedly whispering, "We thought you were never coming, sir!"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Mr. Pickwick—deepest obligations—life preserver—made a man of me—you shall never repent it, sir.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Sir Cadge was about the same age as the famous beauty, and rose quite two inches above her lofty head.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I wouldn't go on if I were you, sir; the luck's dead against you to-night; I wouldn't go on, indeed I wouldn't.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
No, Sir, said the other, nothing at all except the enjoyment of your good company: and so gave over importuning him.