What does dire mean?

Definitions for diredaɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. desperate, dire(adj)

    fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

    "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire emergency"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"


  1. dire(Adjective)

    Ill-boding; portentous.

    dire omens

  2. dire(Adjective)

    Dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

    dire consequences

  3. dire(Adjective)

    Urgent, pressing.

    dire need

  4. Origin: From dirus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dire

    ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens

  2. Dire

    evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable

  3. Origin: [L. dirus; of uncertain origin.]


  1. Dire

    Dire is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Miyu was separated from Dire woreda. Located in the southern part of the Borena Zone, Dire is bordered on the south by Kenya, on the west by Teltele, on the north by Yabelo, on the northeast by Arero, and on the east by Moyale. Towns in Dire include Mega and Dubuluk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dire

    dīr, adj. dreadful: calamitous in a high degree—(poet.) Dire′ful.—adv. Dire′fully.—n. Dire′fulness. [L. dirus; cf. Gr. deinos, frightful.]

Anagrams for dire »

  1. Ired

  2. Reid

  3. Ride


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dire in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barry Hilliard:

    It's a dire situation.

  2. Krishna Siwakoti:

    The situation is dire. We are isolated.

  3. Euripides:

    Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

  4. Stefan Dawson:

    You are taking from people who are in dire need.

  5. Patrick Meehan:

    The attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses.

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Translations for dire

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • страшен, ужасен, зловещBulgarian
  • ildevarslende, skrækkelig, ondskabsfuldDanish
  • händeringend, entsetzlich, böse, schrecklich, schlimm, düster, verzweifelt, fürchterlich, furchtbar, fatal, fürchterlich dringendGerman
  • Maligno, de mal agüero, portentosoSpanish
  • kauhea, kamala, pahaenteinen, hirveäFinnish
  • extrême, terrible, funeste, sinistreFrench
  • չարագուշակArmenian
  • tremendo, tragico, terribile, catastroficoItalian
  • baisusLithuanian
  • šausmīgsLatvian
  • vreselijk, onheilspellend, omineus, sinister, verschrikkelijk, gevaarlijkDutch
  • illevarslende, skummel, ondskapsfull, skrekkeligNorwegian
  • poważny, strasznyPolish
  • terrível, horrível, adoentadoPortuguese
  • жуткий, ужасный, страшный, зловещийRussian
  • หายนะThai

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