byre

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English bȳre

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Noun[edit]

byre (plural byres)

  1. (chiefly UK) A barn, especially one used for keeping cattle in.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
    • 1999: "The visitors came up the narrow road through the forest from the south; they filled the spare-rooms, they bunked out in cow byres and barns." — Stardust, Neil Gaiman, page 9 (2001 Perennial Edition).

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Old English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *buriz (son).

Noun[edit]

byre m (nominative plural byras or byre)

  1. child, son, descendant; young man, youth

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *buriz (hill, elevation).

Noun[edit]

byre m (nominative plural byras or byre)

  1. mound

Etymology 3[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *buriz (favourable wind).

Noun[edit]

byre m (nominative plural byras or byre)

  1. strong wind, storm
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Etymology 4[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *burjaz (opportunity), related to Old English byrian (to come up, occur).

Noun[edit]

byre m (nominative plural byras or byre)

  1. time, opportunity; occurrence
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Etymology 5[edit]

Perhaps related to Old English būr

Noun[edit]

bȳre n (nominative plural bȳru)

  1. stall, shed, hut
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Descendants[edit]
  • byre, see above