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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sir(noun)

    term of address for a man

  2. Sir(noun)

    a title used before the name of knight or baronet


  1. sir(Noun)

    A man of a higher rank or position.

  2. sir(Noun)

    An address to a military superior of either sex.

    Yes sir.

  3. sir(Noun)

    An address to any male, especially if his name or proper address is unknown.

    Excuse me, sir, could you tell me where the nearest bookstore is?

  4. sir(Verb)

    to address somebody using sir

    Please don't sir me!

  5. Sir(Noun)

    The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet

  6. Origin: From sir, from sire, from senior, from senex. Compare sire, signor, seignior, señor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sir(noun)

    a man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire

  2. Sir(noun)

    a title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet

  3. Sir(noun)

    an English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy

  4. Sir(noun)

    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

  5. Origin: [OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. Seignior, Senate, Seneschal, Senior, Senor, Signor, Sire, Sirrah.]


  1. Sir

    Sir is an honorific address used as a courtesy title to address a man without using his given name or family name in many English speaking cultures. It is often used in formal correspondence. The term is often reserved for use only towards one of superior rank or status, such as an educator, or as a form of address from a merchant to a customer. Equivalent terms of address are "ma'am" or "madam" in most cases, or in the case of a very young woman, girl, or unmarried woman who prefers to be addressed as such, "miss". The equivalent term for a knighted woman is Dame, or "Lady" for the wife of a knight.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sir

    sėr, n. a word of respect used in addressing a man: a gentleman: the title of a knight or baronet, used along with the Christian name and surname, as 'Sir David Pole:' formerly a common title of address for the clergy as a translation of L. dominus, the term used for a bachelor of arts, originally in contradistinction from the magister, or master of arts—hence Sir John=a priest.—v.t. to address as 'sir.' [O. Fr. sire, through O. Fr. senre, from L. senior, an elder, comp. of senex, old. Cf. the parallel forms Sire, Senior, Seignior, Signor.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sir

    Once a scholastic title applied to priests and curates; now to knights. "Aye, aye, sir," is the well-known answer from seamen, denoting 'cuteness, combined with good humour and obedience.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sir

    The title of a knight or baronet, which, for distinction’s sake, is always prefixed to the knight’s or baronet’s Christian name, either in speaking or in writing to him.

Editors Contribution

  1. SIR

    Sneeze in rag

    Excuse me I'm about to sir in that rag over there

    Submitted by KING E on January 22, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #504

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #603

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SIR' in Nouns Frequency: #199

Anagrams for SIR »

  1. RSI

  2. ISR

  3. IRS

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SIR in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SIR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of SIR in a Sentence

  1. Chris Wallace:

    It is a debate, sir.

  2. Norman Seabrook:

    Absolutely not guilty sir.

  3. George Farquhar:

    Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

  4. C. S. Forester:

    Today is Sunday, sir," said Bush, simply.

  5. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.

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