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[sahyuh r] /saɪər/
the male parent of a quadruped.
a respectful term of address, now used only to a male sovereign.
  1. a father or forefather.
  2. a person of importance or in a position of authority, as a lord.
verb (used with object), sired, siring.
to beget; procreate as the father.
Origin of sire
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French (nominative singular) < Vulgar Latin *seior, for Latin senior senior (compare French monsieur orig., my lord, with sieur < *seiōr-, oblique stem of *seior)
Related forms
sireless, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was used, I am told, a great deal in the stud, and sired a great many more puppies than the doctor ever knew of.

  • We are black, born of black mothers, and sired by black fathers.

  • In later years the same mare bore two colts, sired by a black Arabian horse.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • It was conceived in avarice, sired in ignorance, and dammed in greed.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • Nor was she shooting wholly in the dark; Harky himself did not believe that Duckfoot had been sired by a duck.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • That great being who sired our glorious country, is yet to come again.

  • He had little chin; he had no name, save Big Louie which his size alone had sired.

  • sired by a hurricane, dam'd by an earthquake, half-brother to the cholera, nearly related to the small-pox on the mother's side!

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for sired


a male parent, esp of a horse or other domestic animal
a respectful term of address, now used only in addressing a male monarch
(obsolete) a man of high rank
(transitive) (esp of a domestic animal) to father; beget
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin senior an elder, from senex an old man
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Word Origin and History for sired



c.1200, title placed before a name and denoting knighthood, from Old French sire "lord (appellation), sire, my lord," from Vulgar Latin *seior, from Latin senior "older, elder" (see senior (adj.)). Standing alone and meaning "your majesty" it is attested from early 13c. General sense of "important elderly man" is from mid-14c.; that of "father, male parent" is from mid-13c.


"to beget, to be the sire of," 1610s, from sire (n.). Used chiefly of beasts, especially of stallions. Related: Sired; siring.

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