3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sire \Sire\, noun [F. sire, originally, an older person. See {Sir}.]

1. A lord, master, or other person in authority. See {Sir}. [Obs.]

Pain and distress, sickness and ire, And melancholy that angry sire, Be of her palace senators. --Rom. of R.

2. A tittle of respect formerly used in speaking to elders and superiors, but now only in addressing a sovereign.

3. A father; the head of a family; the husband.

Jankin thet was our sire [i.e., husband]. --Chaucer.

And raise his issue, like a loving sire. --Shak.

4. A creator; a maker; an author; an originator.

[He] was the sire of an immortal strain. --Shelley.

5. The male parent of a beast; -- applied especially to horses; as, the horse had a good sire.

Note: Sire is often used in composition; as in grandsire, grandfather; great-grandsire, great-grandfather.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sire \Sire\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Siring}.] To beget; to procreate; -- used of beasts, and especially of stallions.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority

2: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: {forefather}, {father}, {sire}]

3: male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse


1: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: {beget}, {get}, {engender}, {father}, {mother}, {sire}, {generate}, {bring forth}]

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