Open main menu

Wiktionary β

See also: SIR, Sir, sır, sír, sîr, șir, and şîr

Contents

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sir, borrowed from Old French sire (master, sir, lord), from Latin senior (older, elder), from senex (old). Compare sire, signor, seignior, señor.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

 
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

sir (plural sirs)

  1. A man of a higher rank or position.
  2. A respectful term of address to a man of higher rank or position, particularly:
    • 1991 May 12, "Kidnapped!" Jeeves and Wooster, Series 2, Episode 5:
      Jeeves: Foreign travel often liberates emotions best kept in check, sir. The air of North America is notoriously stimulating in this regard, as witness the regrettable behavior of its inhabitants in 1776.
      B. Wooster: Hm? What happened in 1776, Jeeves?
      Jeeves: I prefer not to dwell on it, if it's convenient to you, sir.
    1. to a knight or other low member of the peerage.
      Just be careful. He gets whingy now if you don't address him as Sir John.
    2. to a superior military officer.
      Sir, yes sir.
    3. to a teacher.
      Here's my report, sir.
  3. A respectful term of address to any male, especially if his name or proper title is unknown.
    Excuse me, sir, do you know the wifi password here?
  4. (colloquial) Used as an intensifier after yes or no.
    Sir, yes sir.

Coordinate termsEdit

  • (address for a military superior officer): ma'am
  • (address for a teacher): miss
  • (address for stranger): madam, ma'am, miss

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

VerbEdit

sir (third-person singular simple present sirs, present participle sirring, simple past and past participle sirred)

  1. To address (someone) using "sir".
    Sir, yes, sir!
    Don't you sir me, private! I work for a living!

Coordinate termsEdit

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

AnagramsEdit


LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

sir

  1. rafsi of sirji.

Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions. You can also discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

VerbEdit

sir (past shir, future siridh, verbal noun sireadh, past participle sirte)

  1. seek, search, look for

SynonymsEdit


Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *syrъ, derived from "sour milk"

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sȉr m (Cyrillic spelling си̏р)

  1. cheese

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit


SloveneEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *syrъ, derived from "sour milk"

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sìr m inan (genitive síra, nominative plural síri)

  1. cheese

DeclensionEdit


UzbekEdit

NounEdit

sir (plural sirlar)

  1. secret
  2. cheese

WelshEdit

NounEdit

sir f (plural siroedd)

  1. county, shire

ZayEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate to Silt'e [script needed] (sa:r).

NounEdit

sir

  1. grass

ZazakiEdit

 
garlic

EtymologyEdit

Compare Persian سیر (sir, garlic).

NounEdit

sir m

  1. garlic

ReferencesEdit

  • Initial SLLE Survey of the Zway Area by Klaus Wedekind and Charlotte Wedekind