1. a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
  2. ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.

verb (used with object), mired, mir·ing.

  1. to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
  2. to involve; entangle.
  3. to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.

verb (used without object), mired, mir·ing.

  1. to sink in mire or mud; stick.


  1. a boggy or marshy area
  2. mud, muck, or dirt


  1. to sink or cause to sink in a mire
  2. (tr) to make dirty or muddy
  3. (tr) to involve, esp in difficulties

n.c.1300, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse myrr “bog, swamp”), from Proto-Germanic *miuzja- (cf. Old English mos “bog, marsh”), from PIE *meus- “damp” (see moss). v.c.1400, in figurative sense of “to involve in difficulties,” from mire (n.). Literal sense is from 1550s. Related: Mired; miring. n.

  1. Any of the test objects on the arm of a keratometer whose image, as reflected on the curved surface of the cornea, is used in calculating the amount of astigmatism.

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