noun Archaic.

a term of address used to inferiors or children to express impatience, contempt, etc.

Origin of sirrah

1520–30; extended form of sir; source of final vowel is unclear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sirrah

Historical Examples of sirrah

  • Sirrah, get out of my house, or I'll break your bones for you.

  • I cried, “Has your night aloft, sirrah, taught you no better manners?”

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Have you not been out, sirrah, for ten years, and yet you bring us but one?

  • He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me."

  • Then harkee you rascal at the Bar, hear me, Sirrah, hear me.



British Dictionary definitions for sirrah



archaic a contemptuous term used in addressing a man or boy

Word Origin for sirrah

C16: probably variant of sire
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Word Origin and History for sirrah

1520s, term of address used to men or boys expressing anger or contempt, archaic extended form of sir (in U.S., siree, attested from 1823).

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