Middle English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old English sċīr (shire).

Noun edit


  1. Alternative form of shire

Etymology 2 edit

From Old English sċīr (bright, adjective) and sċīre (adverb), from Proto-West Germanic *skīr, from Proto-Germanic *skīriz. Doublet of skyr.

Alternative forms edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (adjective) IPA(key): /ˈʃiːr/
  • (adverb) IPA(key): /ˈʃiːr(ə)/

Adjective edit

schyre (superlative shyrest)

  1. bright, shimmering, glistening, luminous, radiant
  2. clear, visible, transparent
  3. pure, unadulterated, untainted
  4. honest, willing, eager
  5. (rare) clear-coloured, pale, light
  6. (rare) untarnished; not dirty or stained.
Related terms edit
Descendants edit
  • English: shire (obsolete, dialectal), sheer
  • Scots: schyre
References edit

Adverb edit

schyre (comparative schyrer)

  1. brightly, shiningly, shimmeringly
Descendants edit
  • English: shire (obsolete, dialectal)
References edit