- Mire is defined as wet and soggy ground.
An example of a mire is a bog.
- Mire is to get stuck in something as if you were in mud.
An example of to mire is to get your car stuck in very muddy ground.
This truck could get stuck in the mire.
- An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
- Deep slimy soil or mud.
- A disadvantageous or difficult condition or situation: the mire of poverty.
verbmired mired, mir·ing, mires
- a. To cause to sink or become stuck in mire.b. To hinder, entrap, or entangle.
- To soil with mud or mire.
Origin of mireMiddle English, from Old Norse m&ymacron;rr, bog.
- Deep mud; moist, spongy earth.
- When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel (who was invisible to all eyes but Prospero’s) would come slyly and pinch him, and sometimes tumble him down in the mire. (Charles Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare, Hatier, coll. « Les Classiques pour tous » n° 223, p. 51)
- An undesirable situation, a predicament.
(third-person singular simple present mires, present participle miring, simple past and past participle mired)
- To weigh down.
- To cause or permit to become stuck in mud; to plunge or fix in mud.
- to mire a horse or wagon
- To soil with mud or foul matter.
From Old Norse mýrr, from Proto-Germanic *miuzijō, whence also Swedish myr, Icelandic mýri, Dutch *mier (in placenames, for example Mierlo). Related to Proto-Germanic *meusą, whence Old English mēos, and Proto-Germanic *musą, whence Old English mos (English moss).
- (obsolete) An ant.
Perhaps related to Middle Dutch miere (Dutch mier). Cognate with Old Norse maurr, Danish myre. All probably from Proto-Indo-European *morwi (“ant”)