from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To soil with mud.
  • transitive verb To cause to sink into mud.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To soil or befoul with mire, as in passing through muddy or miry places.
  • [Chiefly in the passive.] To sink or stick in the mire; be or become bogged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To drag through, encumber with, or fix in, the mire; to soil by passing through mud or dirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To soil (or be soiled) with mud

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make soiled, filthy, or dirty


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  • In like manner, were an adult to bemire himself in crossing a ditch, instead of making use of the stepping-stones placed there for the purpose; or if he were to stand till he were drenched with a thunder-shower, instead of taking shelter for the time in the neighbouring shed, we would not say that it was "unreasonable," but that it was "contrary to common sense."

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education

  • So also was the theory of its divine origin, -- a theological slough in which, we are sorry to say, Northern men have shown themselves readiest to bemire themselves.

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • W. W.rdsworth is such a lazy fellow, that I bemire myself by making promises for him: the moment I received your letter, I wrote to him.

    Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1.


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