- a father or forefather.
- a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
verb (used with object), sired, sir·ing.
Origin of sire
Examples from the Web for sire
Sire, I have been guilty of a great fault; nay, more than a great fault, a great crime.Ten Years Later|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Sire, his offence—if offence it be— arose from the affection he bears me, and from no worse cause.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
"But she is not on the floor above us, sire; she is upon the same floor as we are," insisted the old man, hesitating.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sire, you have not behaved towards me as a gentleman should.The Queen's Necklace|Alexandre Dumas pre
Sire, I am a few hours behindhand, but I hope to be forgiven when your Majesty hears the reasons for the delay.The Royal Life Guard|Alexander Dumas (pere)
Word Origin for sire
c.1200, title placed before a name and denoting knighthood, from Old French sire "lord (appellation), sire, my lord," from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior "older, elder" (see senior (adj.)). Standing alone and meaning "your majesty" it is attested from early 13c. General sense of "important elderly man" is from mid-14c.; that of "father, male parent" is from mid-13c.
"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.