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[mahyuh r] /maɪər/
a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.
verb (used with object), mired, miring.
to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
to involve; entangle.
to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.
verb (used without object), mired, miring.
to sink in mire or mud; stick.
Origin of mire
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss
Related forms
unmired, adjective Unabridged
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  • With no outside visitors, however, the emerging pack was mired in its own genes.
  • Feeling mired in the part, and fearing that it appeals all too strongly to his own ponderous mood, he decides to lighten up.
  • Great writers transcend their times, but second-rate writers are mired by theirs.
British Dictionary definitions for mired


a boggy or marshy area
mud, muck, or dirt
to sink or cause to sink in a mire
(transitive) to make dirty or muddy
(transitive) to involve, esp in difficulties
Derived Forms
miriness, noun
miry, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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Word Origin and History for mired



c.1300, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse myrr "bog, swamp"), from Proto-Germanic *miuzja- (cf. Old English mos "bog, marsh"), from PIE *meus- "damp" (see moss).


c.1400, in figurative sense of "to involve in difficulties," from mire (n.). Literal sense is from 1550s. Related: Mired; miring.

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mired in Medicine

mire (mēr)
Any of the test objects on the arm of a keratometer whose image, as reflected on the curved surface of the cornea, is used in calculating the amount of astigmatism.

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