[skwahyuh r]


verb (used with object), squired, squir·ing.

to attend as, or in the manner of, a squire.
to escort (a woman), as to a dance or social gathering.

Origin of squire

1250–1300; Middle English squier; aphetic variant of esquire
Related formssquire·less, adjectivesquire·like, adjectiveun·squired, adjective
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Related Words for squiring

attend, chaperon, assist, serve, companion, escort, date

Examples from the Web for squiring

Historical Examples of squiring

  • Lazy Harry, up and out, and squiring Mrs. Purdie to the review at half-past ten in the morning!

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • Amy looked after her father, to Godfrey fell the duty of squiring Miss Thurseley.

  • His chief exercises are, taking the whiff, squiring a cockatrice, and making privy searches for imparters.

  • But they made up that quarrel ages ago, and he was over there shooting in September and squiring her all over the county.

    More about Pixie

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for squiring



a country gentleman in England, esp the main landowner in a rural community
feudal history a young man of noble birth, who attended upon a knight
rare a man who courts or escorts a woman
informal, mainly British a term of address used by one man to another, esp, unless ironic, to a member of a higher social class
Australian an immature snapperSee snapper (def. 2)


(tr) (of a man) to escort (a woman)

Word Origin for squire

C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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Word Origin and History for squiring



late 13c., "young man who attends a knight," later "member of the landowning class ranking below a knight" (c.1300), from Old French esquier "squire," literally "shield carrier" (see esquire). Meaning "country gentleman, landed proprietor" is from 1670s; as a general term of address to a gentleman, it is attested from 1828.



"to attend (a lady) as a gallant," late 14c., from squire (n.). Related: Squired; squiring.

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