- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
Talbot Baines Reed
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
C16: probably variant of sire
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper