from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as an honorific before the given name or the full name of baronets and knights.
- n. Used as a form of polite address for a man: Don't forget your hat, sir.
- n. Used as a salutation in a letter: Dear Sir or Madam.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man of a higher rank or position.
- n. An address to a military superior of either sex.
- n. An address to any male, especially if his name or proper address is unknown.
- v. to address somebody using sir
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire.
- n. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet.
- n. An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy.
- n. A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To address as “sir.”
- To use the word sir.
- n. A master; lord; sovereign.
- n. A person of rank or importance; a personage; a gentleman.
- n. Master; mister: a respectful and formal title of address, used formerly to men of superior rank, position, or age, and now to men of equal rank, or without regard to rank, as a mere term of address, without etymological significance.
- n. Specifically— A title of honor prefixed to the Christian names of knights and baronets, and formerly applied also to those of higher rank, as the king; it was also prefixed occasionally to the title of rank itself: as, Sir King; Sir Knight; Sir Herald.
- n. (b ) Formerly, a title of a bachelor of arts; hence, a title given to a clergyman; also, a clergyman.
- n. A Persian measure of weight, equal to 16 miskals or ounces troy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. term of address for a man
- n. a title used before the name of knight or baronet
"He read, sir," rejoined Pott, laying his hand on Mr. Pickwick's knee and looking round with a smile of intellectual superiority, "he read for metaphysics under the letter _M_, and for China under the letter _C_, and _combined his information_, _sir_."
Romney would more than likely get confused, if he ever had to decide on military action, if he was American or the Taliban, and this sir is a risk no American can take. best quote today so far. jim
God, sir, is most definitely guiding and protecting your steps.
And I stood up and tapped him on the shoulder and I said, 'Hey sir, is everything okay?'
Oooo is that egg on your chin sir …? on June 5, 2009 at 8: 45 pm Jingo399
Basically what I am saying, sir, is that there were terrorists who attacked us -- they were Islamic jihadists.
That, sir, is what that same preacher tells his congregation about homosexuals. applejuicefool
He's smart as chain-lightnin ', sir; do anything I tell him.
But Mr. Greenleaf, sir, is a gentleman, and the best of cabin fare and staterooms'll be none too good for him, sir.
"I ain't limpin ', sir," the man answered respectfully, and, at a nod of dismissal from the mate, marched off jauntily along the deck with