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sirrah

[sir-uh] /ˈsɪr ə/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a term of address used to inferiors or children to express impatience, contempt, etc.
Origin of sirrah
1520-1530
1520-30; extended form of sir; source of final vowel is unclear
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  • You owe your Donship to a finesse of mine, so mention this, and you are undone, sirrah!

    The Castle of Andalusia John O'Keeffe
  • I cried, “Has your night aloft, sirrah, taught you no better manners?”

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Do you, sirrah, dare to swear that what you are pointing out are the true boundaries of my lands?

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • He thus addressed him: "sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me."

  • Take notice, I'll lay you by the heels, sirrah: this has the appearance of an unlawful bloody challenge.

  • Then harkee you rascal at the Bar, hear me, sirrah, hear me.

    Pirates Anonymous
  • You shall speak with me at the close of the lesson, and that, sirrah, is now!

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Go, sirrah, for all you are my man, go wait upon my cousin Shallow.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • I would have thee to understand, sirrah, that thou art fitter for the House they have chaired thee unto than for mine.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • sirrah, heres a fellow will help you to-morrow 20 in your execution.

    Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for sirrah

sirrah

/ˈsɪrə/
noun
1.
(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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