Definition of mire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪər//
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an area of deep mud synonym bog The wheels sank deeper into the mire. (figurative) My name had been dragged through the mire (= my reputation was ruined). (figurative) The government was sinking deeper and deeper into the mire (= getting further into a difficult situation). Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse mýrr, of Germanic origin; related to moss.
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