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[ahy-ruh] /ˈaɪ rə/
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “watchful.”. Unabridged
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  • He had always found that when Ira grinned and was cordial, some trouble was in store for him.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • Unacknowledged, the shadow of Ira Baldwin fell across her wonder.

  • Just the way we started off last year, Ira heard a fellow remark on the way back to the yard.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "Why, Sue reckoned she saw suthin' just now," said Ira, with a flash of recollection.

  • Then the signals came and Ira stepped back out of the line and the game went on.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for Ira


Irish Republican Army
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Word Origin and History for Ira

masc. proper name, from Hebrew, literally "watchful," from stem of 'ur "to awake, to rouse oneself."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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individual retirement account
Irish Republican Army
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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Ira in the Bible

citizen; wakeful. (1.) A Tekoite, one of David's thirty warriors (2 Sam. 23:26). (2.) An Ithrite, also one of David's heroes (2 Sam. 23:38). (3.) A Jairite and priest, a royal chaplain (2 Sam. 20:26) or confidential adviser (comp. 2 Sam. 8:18; 1 Chr. 18:17).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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