sir

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

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 signor, señor. Doublet of senior, seignior, seigneur, and sire.

Pronunciation[edit]

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.
      Coordinate term: ma'am
    3. to a teacher.
      Here's my report, sir.
      Coordinate term: miss
  3. A respectful term of address to an adult male (often older), especially if his name or proper title is unknown.
    Excuse me, sir, do you know the way to the art museum?
    Coordinate terms: 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!
    Coordinate terms: ma'am, mam

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish sirid (to traverse, seek). Cognate with Manx shirr.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. seek, search, look for
    Synonym: lorg

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
sir shir
after "an", t-sir
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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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Noun[edit]

sȉr m inan

  1. cheese

Inflection[edit]

Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. sìr
gen. sing. síra
singular dual plural
nominative sìr síra síri
accusative sìr síra síre
genitive síra sírov sírov
dative síru síroma sírom
locative síru sírih sírih
instrumental sírom síroma síri

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Uzbek[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Russian сыр (syr).

Noun[edit]

sir (plural sirlar)

  1. cheese

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic سِرّ(sirr).

Noun[edit]

sir (plural sirlar)

  1. secret

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English shire.

Noun[edit]

sir f (plural siroedd)

  1. county, shire

Zay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

sir

  1. grass

Zazaki[edit]

garlic

Etymology[edit]

Compare Persian سیر(sir, garlic).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈsiɾ]
  • Hyphenation: sir

Noun[edit]

sir m

  1. garlic

References[edit]

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