American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A father.
- n. The male parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
- n. Archaic A male ancestor; a forefather.
- n. Archaic A gentleman of rank.
- n. Archaic Used as a form of address for a superior, especially a king.
- v. To father; beget.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A master; a lord; hence, a personage of importance; an esquire; a gentleman.
- n. Master; lord; my lord: a respectful and formal title of address, used formerly to men of superior rank, position, or age, especially to a prince. (See sir.) Sire is or has been in present or recent use only in addressing a king or other sovereign prince.
- n. The master of a house; goodman; husband.
- n. An old person; an elder.
- n. A father; an ancestor; a progenitor: used also in composition: as, grandsire; great-grandsire.
- n. The male parent of a beast: used especially of stallions, but also of bulls, dogs, and other domestic animals: generally with dam as the female parent.
- n. A breed; a growth: as, a good sire of pigs, or of cabbages.
- To beget; procreate: used now chiefly of beasts, and especially of stallions.
- n. A lord, master, or other person in authority, most commonly used vocatively.
- n. A male animal, especially a horse or dog. In particular, one which is already, or has already been, a father.
- v. transitive Of a male: to procreate; to father, beget.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A lord, master, or other person in authority. See sir.
- n. A tittle of respect formerly used in speaking to elders and superiors, but now only in addressing a sovereign.
- n. A father; the head of a family; the husband.
- n. A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.
- n. The male parent of a beast; -- applied especially to horses.
- v. To beget; to procreate; -- used of beasts, and especially of stallions.
- n. male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse
- v. make children
- n. a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority
- n. the founder of a family
- Old French sire, the nominative singular of seignor; from Latin senior, from senex (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior, older, comparative of senex, old. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“II. i.46 (197,4) _Good Sir_, or so, or _friend_, or _gentleman_] [W: sire] I know not that _sire_ was ever a general word of compliment, as distinct from _sir_; nor do I conceive why any alteration should be made.”
“Your sire is responsible for your guidance, and your level of assimilation with humans depends on him.”
“Then I thought of my cousin and all the kind offices she had been wont to do me, and I learned when too late that she had truly loved me; so I wept for her and my mother wept also Presently she said to me, “O my son, thy sire is dead.””
“Said she, O my son, thy sire is a merchant and Consul of the merchants in the land of Egypt and Sultan of the Sons of the Arabs.”
“If the Marxist dream of Mr Miliband's sire is dead, Soviet-era production statistics are alive and well at the Department For Education And Skills.”
“Her sire is Big Chief, if you know our racing register.”
“Thy sire is a knight; &c., &c., making us both start to our feet with a little scream and then fall back again in fits of laughter.”
“She discovers that two of her father's mares are expected to foal -- and the sire was a Hall of Famer named Bold Ruler.”
“However, though attracted to him, she doubts her sire is a one blood woman man even as a serial vampire killer stalks the underground undead of New York.”
“An thou do not with me that which I desire, I will call my sire and say to him, The Dervish is minded to do lewdness with me.”
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