see also: Mire
  • (British) IPA: /ˈmaɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmaɪɚ/, /ˈmaɪɹ/


  1. 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)
    Synonyms: peatland, quag
    Hypernyms: wetland
    hypo en
  2. An undesirable situation, a predicament.
Translations Verb

mire (mires, present participle miring; past and past participle mired)

  1. (transitive) To cause or permit to become stuck in mud; to plunge or fix in mud.
    to mire a horse or wagon
    Synonyms: bemire, enmire
  2. (intransitive) To sink into mud.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To weigh down.
  4. (intransitive) To soil with mud or foul matter.
    • circa 1598 William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act IV, Scene 1,
      Why had I not with charitable hand
      Took up a beggar’s issue at my gates,
      Who smirch’d thus and mired with infamy,
      I might have said ‘No part of it is mine;
      This shame derives itself from unknown loins’?
    Synonyms: bemire
  • French: s'embourber, s'enliser
  • Russian: погрязнуть
  • Spanish: empantanar

mire (plural mires)

  1. (obsolete) An ant.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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