from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Obsolete Mister; fellow. Used as a contemptuous form of address.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a term of address to an inferior male or more commonly a child. A modern day equivalent would be "little man".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A term of address implying inferiority and used in anger, contempt, reproach, or disrespectful familiarity, addressed to a man or boy, but sometimes to a woman. In sililoquies often preceded by ah. Not used in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word of address, generally equivalent to “fellow,” or to “sir” with an angry or contemptuous force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formerly a contemptuous term of address to an inferior man or boy; often used in anger
Alteration of sir.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)