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See also: Mire, miré, mirė, mirë, mìre, and míre

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mire, a borrowing from Old Norse mýrr, from Proto-Germanic *miuzijō, whence also Swedish myr, Norwegian myr, Icelandic mýri, Dutch *mier (in placenames, for example Mierlo). Related to Proto-Germanic *meusą, whence Old English mēos, and Proto-Germanic *musą, whence Old English mos (English moss).

NounEdit

mire (countable and uncountable, plural mires)

  1. Deep mud; moist, spongy earth.
    • When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel (who was invisible to all eyes but Prospero’s) would come slyly and pinch him, and sometimes tumble him down in the mire. (Charles Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare, Hatier, coll. « Les Classiques pour tous » n° 223, p. 51)
  2. An undesirable situation, a predicament.
    • 2017 April 2, Dafydd Pritchard, “Swansea City 0-0 Middlesbrough”, in BBC Sport[1], London:
      Swansea seemed to be pulling clear of trouble with five wins in their first eight games following head coach Paul Clement's appointment, but two successive defeats had dragged the Swans back into the mire.
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VerbEdit

mire (third-person singular simple present mires, present participle miring, simple past and past participle mired)

  1. (transitive) To cause or permit to become stuck in mud; to plunge or fix in mud.
    to mire a horse or wagon
  2. (intransitive) To sink into mud.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To weigh down.
  4. (intransitive) To soil with mud or foul matter.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act IV, Scene 1,[2]
      Why had I not with charitable hand
      Took up a beggar’s issue at my gates,
      Who smirch’d thus and mired with infamy,
      I might have said ‘No part of it is mine;
      This shame derives itself from unknown loins’?

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English mire, from Old English *mȳre, *mīere, from Proto-Germanic *miurijǭ. Cognate to Old Norse maurr, Danish myre, Middle Dutch miere (ant) (Dutch mier). All probably from Proto-Indo-European *morwi (ant), whence also cognate to Latin formīca.

NounEdit

mire (plural mires)

  1. (obsolete) An ant.
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AsturianEdit

EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

miri +‎ -e

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmire/
  • Hyphenation: mi‧re
  • Rhymes: -ire

AdverbEdit

mire

  1. in surprise, in awe, in an amazed way

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Italian mira, from mīrō (I wonder at).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /miʁ/
  • (file)

NounEdit

mire f (plural mires)

  1. (archaic) aim (action of aiming)
  2. foresight (of rifle)
  3. target (literal, figurative)
  4. (television) test pattern

VerbEdit

mire

  1. inflection of mirer:
    1. first- and third-person singular present indicative and subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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GalicianEdit

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

mi (what?) +‎ -re (sublative case suffix)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈmirɛ]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: mi‧re

PronounEdit

mire

  1. sublative singular of mi
    Mire gondolsz?What are you thinking about?

PronounEdit

mire

  1. for what (purpose)?
    Mire jó ez?For what is it for?

AdverbEdit

mire (not comparable)

  1. whereupon (after which, in consequence)
    Megszidtam, mire sírva fakadt.I scolded her, whereupon she started to cry.
  2. by the time, when
    Mire hazaértem, a vendégek már elmentek.By the time I got home, the guests left.

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Further readingEdit

  • mire in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.

IrishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mire f (genitive singular mire)

  1. quickness, rapidity
  2. spiritedness, ardor
  3. madness, frenzy, mania

DeclensionEdit

SynonymsEdit

  • (madness, frenzy, mania): buile

AdjectiveEdit

mire

  1. genitive feminine singular of mear
  2. comparative degree of mear

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
mire mhire not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

mire f

  1. plural of mira

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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

mīre

  1. vocative masculine singular of mīrus

ReferencesEdit

  • mire in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mire in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Old Norse mýrr, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *miuzijō.

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NounEdit

mire (plural mires)

  1. Marshy or swampy land; a mire or peat.
  2. A region of marshy or swampy land.
  3. A muddy or dirt-covered region.
  4. (figuratively) Iniquity, sinfulness; immoral behaviour.
  5. (rare) A quagmire or conundrum.
  6. (rare) A puddle or pond; a watery hollow.
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Etymology 2Edit

Inherited from Old English *mȳre, *mīere, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *miurijǭ.

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NounEdit

mire

  1. ant
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: mire (ant) (obsolete)
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PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

mire

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of mirar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of mirar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of mirar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of mirar

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly a substratum word, or from Greek μύρον (mýron) ("ointment, uncture, holy oil"), relating to the ceremony of the Orthodox wedding. Another theory suggests Latin mīles (soldier), possibly mirroring semantic evolution of the rare voină ("husband"), from Slavic vojnŭ ("warrior"). Other less likely etymologies proposed include Turkish amir (chief), Cuman mir ("prince"), a Vulgar Latin *milex, from Ancient Greek μεῖραξ (meîrax, adolescent; boy), or an old Indo-European term[1].

Possibly related to Albanian mirë (good). Replaced mărit, which only survived in some regional dialects.

NounEdit

mire m (plural miri)

  1. bridegroom

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Scottish GaelicEdit

NounEdit

mire f (genitive singular mire, plural mirean)

  1. merriment, mirth, frolic

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SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

mire

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of mirar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of mirar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of mirar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of mirar.