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shirr

[shur] /ʃɜr/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads.
2.
to bake (eggs removed from the shell) in a shallow dish or in individual dishes.
noun
3.
Also, shirring. a shirred arrangement, as of cloth.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; origin uncertain
Related forms
unshirred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shirr

shirr

/ʃɜː/
verb
1.
to gather (fabric) into two or more parallel rows to decorate a dress, blouse, etc, often using elastic thread
2.
(transitive) to bake (eggs) out of their shells
noun
3.
a series of gathered rows decorating a dress, blouse, etc
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shirr
v.

"to gather (cloth) on parallel threads," 1860 (implied in shirring), back-formation from shirred (1847), from shirr (n.) "elastic webbing," of unknown origin.

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