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Mire

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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)

CIDE DICTIONARY

Miren. [AS. mīre, m; akin to D. mier, Icel. maurr, Dan. myre, Sw. myra; cf. also Ir. moirbh, Gr. my`rmhx.].
     An ant.  [1913 Webster]
Miren. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. mrr swamp, Sw. myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.].
     Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "He his rider from the lofty steed
    Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Mire crow (Zoöl.), the pewit, or laughing gull. [Prov. Eng.] -- Mire drum, the European bittern. [Prov. Eng.]
Mirev. t. 
  •  To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; -- often used in the passive or predicate form; as, we got mired in bureaucratic red tape and it took years longer than planned.  [PJC]
  •  To soil with mud or foul matter.  [1913 Webster]
    "Smirched thus and mired with infamy."  [1913 Webster]
Mirev. i. 
     To stick in mire.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Mire, n. & v.
--n.
1 a stretch of swampy or boggy ground.
2 mud, dirt.
--v.
1 tr. & intr. plunge or sink in a mire.
2 tr. involve in difficulties.

Idiom
in the mire in difficulties.
Etymology
ME f. ON m|rr f. Gmc, rel. to MOSS

THESAURUS

Mire

adhere, baygall, befoul, begrime, bemire, bemud, besmirch, besmoke, blacken, bog, bog down, bottom, bottomland, bottoms, buffalo wallow, cesspool, clay, cleave, cling, cloaca, cloaca maxima, cohere, decelerate, defile, detain, dirt, dirty, dirty up, drain, dump, dust, embroil, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entrap, everglade, fen, fenland, garbage dump, glade, glop, grime, gumbo, gunk, hog wallow, holm, implicate, involve, marais, marish, marsh, marshland, meadow, mere, moor, moorland, morass, moss, muck, muck up, mud, mud flat, muddy, ooze, peat bog, quag, quagmire, quicksand, retard, salt marsh, scum, septic tank, set back, sewer, sink, sink in, slab, slacken, slime, slip, slob, slob land, slop, slosh, slough, slow down, sludge, slush, smear, smoke, smudge, snare, soil, soot, sough, splosh, squash, stick, stodge, sully, sump, swale, swamp, swampland, swill, taiga, tangle, tarnish, trap, wallow, wash

ROGET THESAURUS

Mire

Uncleanness

N uncleanness, impurity, immundity, immundicity, impurity, defilement, contamination, defoedation, soilure, soiliness, abomination, leaven, taint, tainture, fetor, decay, putrescence, putrefaction, corruption, mold, must, mildew, dry rot, mucor, rubigo, slovenry, slovenliness, squalor, dowdy, drab, slut, malkin, slattern, sloven, slammerkin, slammock, slummock, scrub, draggle-tail, mudlark, dust-man, sweep, beast, dirt, filth, soil, slop, dust, cobweb, flue, smoke, soot, smudge, smut, grit, grime, raff, sossle, sozzle, sordes, dregs, grounds, lees, argol, sediment, settlement heeltap, dross, drossiness, mother, precipitate, scoriae, ashes, cinders, recrement, slag, scum, froth, hogwash, ditchwater, dishwater, bilgewater, rinsings, cheeseparings, sweepings, offscourings, outscourings, off scum, caput mortuum, residuum, sprue, fecula, clinker, draff, scurf, scurfiness, exuviae, morphea, fur, furfur, dandruff, tartar, riffraff, vermin, louse, flea, bug, chinch, mud, mire, quagmire, alluvium, silt, sludge, slime, slush, slosh, sposh, spawn, offal, gurry, lientery, garbage, carrion, excreta, slough, peccant humor, pus, matter, suppuration, lienteria, faeces, feces, excrement, ordure, dung, crap, shit, sewage, sewerage, muck, coprolite, guano, manure, compost, dunghill, colluvies, mixen, midden, bog, laystall, sink, privy, jakes, toilet, john, head, cess, cesspool, sump, sough, cloaca, latrines, drain, sewer, common sewer, Cloacina, dust hole, sty, pigsty, lair, den, Augean stable, sink of corruption, slum, rookery, dirty, filthy, grimy, unclean, impure, soiled, not to be handled with kid gloves, dusty, snuffy, smutty, sooty, smoky, thick, turbid, dreggy, slimy, mussy, slovenly, untidy, messy, uncleanly, unkempt, sluttish, dowdy, draggle-tailed, uncombed, unscoured, unswept, unwiped, unwashed, unstrained, unpurified, squalid, lutose, slammocky, slummocky, sozzly, nasty, coarse, foul, offensive, abominable, beastly, reeky, reechy, fetid, decayed, moldy, musty, mildewed, rusty, moth-eaten, mucid, rancid, weak, bad, gone bad, etercoral, lentiginous, touched, fusty, effete, reasty, rotten, corrupt, tainted, high, flyblown, maggoty, putrid, putrefactive, putrescent, putrefied, saprogenic, saprogenous, purulent, carious, peccant, fecal, feculent, stercoraceous, excrementitious, scurfy, scurvy, impetiginous, gory, bloody, rotting, rotten as a pear, rotten as cheese, crapulous, gross, fimetarious, fimicolous, they that touch pitch will be defiled.


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