See also: Speir and spéir

ScotsEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English spyrian, from Proto-Germanic *spurjaną. Cognate with German spüren, Swedish spörja, Danish spørge.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

speir (third-person singular present speirs, present participle speirin, past speirt or spure, past participle speirt)

  1. to ask, inquire
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
    • 1789, Robert Burns, Whistle O'er The Lave O't:
      Now we're married - speir nae mair, / But whistle o'er the lave o't!
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

NounEdit

speir (plural speirs)

  1. inquiry, investigation
  2. A person who is continually asking questions; a prying, inquisitive person