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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin dirus (fearful, ominous).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdaɪ̯ə(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)

AdjectiveEdit

dire (comparative direr or more dire, superlative direst or most dire)

  1. Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.
    dire omens
  2. Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.
    dire need
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. [] But out of sight is out of mind. And that, together with the inherent yuckiness of the subject, means that many old sewers have been neglected and are in dire need of repair.
  3. Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal
    dire consequences;  to be in dire straits
    Synonyms: horrible, terrible, lamentable
  4. (informal) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
    • 2011 December 10, Arindam Rej, “Norwich 4-2 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      A second Norwich goal in four minutes arrived after some dire Newcastle defending. Gosling gave the ball away with a sloppy back-pass, allowing Crofts to curl in a cross that the unmarked Morison powered in with a firm, 12-yard header.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French dire, from Old French dire, from Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō, from Proto-Italic *deikō, from Proto-Indo-European *déyḱti (to show, point out).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

dire

  1. to say, to tell

ConjugationEdit

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

dire m (plural dires)

  1. saying (that which is said)
  2. belief, opinion

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ItalianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a contraction of Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō, from Proto-Italic *deikō, from Proto-Indo-European *déyḱti (to show, point out).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdi.re/, [ˈd̪iːr̺e]
  • Hyphenation: dì‧re

VerbEdit

dire

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to say, tell
  2. (transitive, intransitive) to recite
  3. (transitive, intransitive) to mean
  4. (transitive, intransitive) to think
  5. (transitive, intransitive) to admit

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LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

dīre

  1. vocative masculine singular of dīrus

ReferencesEdit

  • dire in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French dire, from a contraction of Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō.

VerbEdit

dire

  1. to say (express using language)

DescendantsEdit


OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Occitan dir, dire, from a contraction of Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō.

VerbEdit

dire

  1. to say (express using language)
  2. to mean; to signify

ConjugationEdit


Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a contraction of Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō.

VerbEdit

dire

  1. (chiefly intransitive) to say
  2. (transitive) to recount (a story)

ConjugationEdit

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • “Appendix E: Irregular Verbs” in E. Einhorn (1974), Old French: A Concise Handbook, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-09838-6, page 153

Old OccitanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a contraction of Latin dīcere, present active infinitive of dīcō.

VerbEdit

dire

  1. to say

DescendantsEdit


WalloonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French dire, from a contraction of Latin dīcō, dīcere.

VerbEdit

dire

  1. to say