- a term of address used to inferiors or children to express impatience, contempt, etc.
Origin of sirrah
Examples from the Web for sirrah
Historical Examples of sirrah
Sirrah, get out of my house, or I'll break your bones for you.The Politician Out-Witted
I cried, “Has your night aloft, sirrah, taught you no better manners?”Sir Ludar
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Have you not been out, sirrah, for ten years, and yet you bring us but one?The Sleeping Bard
He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me."Aesop's Fables
Then harkee you rascal at the Bar, hear me, Sirrah, hear me.Pirates
- archaic a contemptuous term used in addressing a man or boy
Word Origin 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).