squire

[ skwahyuh r ]
/ skwaɪər /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM squire

squire·less, adjectivesquire·like, adjectiveun·squired, adjective
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Examples from the Web for squiring

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

    Mrs. Maxon Protests|Anthony Hope
  • 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
  • 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

squire
/ (skwaɪə) /

noun

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)

verb

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

Word Origin for squire

C13: from Old French esquier; see esquire
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