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[sahyuh r]
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  1. the male parent of a quadruped.
  2. a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
  3. Archaic.
    1. a father or forefather.
    2. a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
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verb (used with object), sired, sir·ing.
  1. to beget; procreate as the father.
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Origin of sire

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French (nominative singular) < Vulgar Latin *seior, for Latin senior senior (compare French monsieur orig., my lord, with sieur < *seiōr-, oblique stem of *seior)
Related formssire·less, adjective
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Related Words for sired

multiply, proliferate, inseminate, spawn, breed, propagate, hatch, create, generate, engender, sire, organize, devise, discover, invent, constitute, shape, design, establish, make

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British Dictionary definitions for sired


  1. a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
  2. a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
  3. obsolete a man of high rank
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  1. (tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
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Word Origin for sire

C13: from Old French, from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man
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Word Origin and History for sired



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.

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"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.

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