from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
- n. Deep slimy soil or mud.
- n. A disadvantageous or difficult condition or situation: the mire of poverty.
- transitive v. To cause to sink or become stuck in or as if in mire.
- transitive v. To hinder, entrap, or entangle as if in mire.
- transitive v. To soil with mud or mire.
- intransitive v. To sink or become stuck in mire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ant.
- n. Deep mud; moist, spongy earth.
- n. An undesirable situation, a predicament.
- v. To weigh down.
- v. Cause to become stuck in mud.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ant.
- n. Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.
- transitive v. To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud.
- transitive v. To stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; -- often used in the passive or predicate form.
- transitive v. To soil with mud or foul matter.
- intransitive v. To stick in mire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wet, slimy soil of some depth and of yielding consistence; deep mud.
- n. Filth.
- To plunge and fix in mire; set or stall in mud; sink in mud or in a morass.
- To soil or daub with slimy mud or foul matter.
- To sink in mud; especially, to sink so deep as to be unable to move forward; stick in the mud.
- n. An ant. See pismire.
- To wonder; admire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. deep soft mud in water or slush
- n. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
- v. entrap
- v. be unable to move further
- v. cause to get stuck as if in a mire
- n. a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from
- v. soil with mud, muck, or mire
Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr, bog.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps related to Middle Dutch miere (Dutch mier). Cognate with Old Norse maurr, Danish myre. (Wiktionary)
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 *meusan, whence Old English mēos, and Proto-Germanic *musan, whence Old English mos (English moss). (Wiktionary)