or speir, spier


verb (used with or without object)

Chiefly Scot. to ask; inquire.

Origin of speer

before 900; Middle English speren, spiren, Old English spyrian to make tracks, trace, ask about; cognate with German spüren, Old Norse spyrja to ask; akin to spoor
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Examples from the Web for speir

Historical Examples of speir

  • "Jist answer me ae queston, Isy, and I'll speir nae mair," said Marion.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • On the occasion when Jack appeared he found Mrs. Speir seated in her library.

    A Successful Shadow

    Harlan Page Halsey

  • What was your name, madam, before your marriage to Mr. Speir?

    A Successful Shadow

    Harlan Page Halsey

  • I maun be goin' hame, but I'll try and get back the morn, to speir how ye're keepin'.


    Janet Milne Rae

  • How did you find all at Gawin's to-day, now when I have gotten time to speir?

British Dictionary definitions for speir




Scot to ask; inquire

Word Origin for speir

Old English spyrian to seek after, search for
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