- the male parent of a quadruped.
- a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
- a father or forefather.
- a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
- to beget; procreate as the father.
Origin of sire
Related Words for siringformation, production, establishment, formulation, multiply, proliferate, inseminate, spawn, breed, propagate, hatch, create, generate, engender, sire, organize, devise, discover, invent, constitute
Examples from the Web for siring
Historical Examples of siring
To me has been given the privilege of siring a man, and I shall not affront him with requests for further favors.The Pride of Palomar
Peter B. Kyne
- a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
- a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
- obsolete a man of high rank
- (tr) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
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.