sir

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

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

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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 terms[edit]

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

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Verb[edit]

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!

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Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

sir

  1. rafsi of sirji.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. seek, search, look for

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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sȉr m (Cyrillic spelling си̏р)

  1. cheese

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Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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sìr m inan (genitive síra, nominative plural síri)

  1. cheese

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Uzbek[edit]

Noun[edit]

sir (plural sirlar)

  1. secret
  2. cheese

Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

sir f (plural siroedd)

  1. county, shire

Zay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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sir

  1. grass

References[edit]

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