from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Obsolete Mister; fellow. Used as a contemptuous form of address.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a term of address to an inferior male or more commonly a child. A modern day equivalent would be "little man".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term of address implying inferiority and used in anger, contempt, reproach, or disrespectful familiarity, addressed to a man or boy, but sometimes to a woman. In sililoquies often preceded by ah. Not used in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word of address, generally equivalent to “fellow,” or to “sir” with an angry or contemptuous force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formerly a contemptuous term of address to an inferior man or boy; often used in anger
You should see some of OUR outfits before you knock biker shorts, sirrah.
Then, louder, she added in what was almost a roar, “Stand aside, sirrah!”
To talk of dragons, sirrah, living ones, in the court of King Kenneret Death-of-Dragons, is to talk treason.
Ho, sirrah! what art thou about? taking a stealthy pull at the wine?
By whom? who has been pounding thy head, old sirrah?
“Out, sirrah!” exclaimed one of the champions, “will you, a wandering beggar, put yourself on terms of resistance against belted knights?”
“Peace, sirrah!” said the Count of Crevecoeur, “your tongue runs too fast.”
Thou, sirrah, tell me straight the country whence thou camest thither.
‘How long have you been with the party, sirrah?’ said
Ha! sirrah, art thou mad? art so eager to find sorrow?