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[sir-uh] /ˈsɪr ə/
noun, Archaic.
a term of address used to inferiors or children to express impatience, contempt, etc.
Origin of sirrah
1520-30; extended form of sir; source of final vowel is unclear Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sirrah
  • sirrah beadle, whip him till he leap over that same stool.
  • If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow together.
British Dictionary definitions for sirrah


(archaic) a contemptuous term used in addressing a man or boy
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of sire
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Word Origin and History for sirrah

1520s, term of address used to men or boys expressing anger or contempt, archaic extended form of sir (in U.S., siree, attested from 1823).

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