- 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.
(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 mÃ½rr, from Proto-Germanic *miuzijÅ, whence also Swedish myr, Icelandic mÃ½ri, Dutch *mier (in placenames, for example Mierlo). Related to Proto-Germanic *meusÄ…, whence Old English mÄ“os, and Proto-Germanic *musÄ…, 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")