- 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
Examples from the Web for 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 and History for siring
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.