Definition of mire in English:


Syllabification: mire
Pronunciation: /mīr


  • 1A stretch of swampy or boggy ground.
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    • One side was fence, the other a swamp, a mire skewered by rotting birch trunks bracketed by hard tinder fungi.
    • As the annual flood inundates the delta, the cats are forced to cope with expanses of water that fragment their homes into a series of small islands and their hunting ground into dangerous, watery mires.
    • Open water falling within the delineation was discounted, but mire and swamp forest were not.
  • 1.1Soft and slushy mud or dirt.
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    • Besides removal of mud and mire which had accumulated since long at the bottom of the spring a number of gold ornaments and silver pieces offered to the Goddess were recovered.
    • Quickly we hauled the canoe ashore and began to follow on foot, but the muck and mire made a chase on land impossible.
    • It has been likened to the lotus, whose exquisite, fragrant blossom grows out of the muck and mire.
  • 1.2 Ecology A wetland area or ecosystem based on peat.
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    • Human-induced sinking raised bogs and commercial peat cutting contributed to a process whereby the extensive raised bogs and mires became large freshwater lakes, easily covering more than 50 percent of the former land.
    • These are classed as areas of county importance for their wildlife, which include ancient woodlands, species-rich grasslands and meadows, wetlands and mires.
    • This implies that throughout the development of each mire, base level rose and accommodation rates increased.
  • 2A situation or state of difficulty, distress, or embarrassment from which it is hard to extricate oneself: he has been left to squirm in a mire of new allegations
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    • Its good, its proactive and there's no time to sink into the mire of self doubt and hopelessness if you are expending energy (preferably on inanimate objects).
    • It did eventually sink into a murky mire of sickening sentimentality that left me feeling nauseous, but hey, that's just me.
    • Meanwhile, they are six clear of Rangers who sank further into the mire yesterday when they could only get a draw at home to Inverness Caley Thistle.
    mess, difficulty, plight, predicament, tight spot, trouble, quandary, muddle
    informal jam, fix, pickle, hot water


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  • 1Cause to become stuck in mud: sometimes a heavy truck gets mired down
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    • A trip around a field to investigate moisture levels resulted in a four-wheel drive all terrain vehicle getting mired down.
    • In them are the bones of hundreds of dinosaurs, including skeletons of giant brontosaurs which were mired in soft mud.
    • They marched along the banners and got mired in the mud, screaming for help.
    bog down, sink (down)
  • 1.1Cover or spatter with mud.
  • 1.2 (mire someone/something in) Involve someone or something in (a difficulti situation): the economy is mired in its longest recession since World War II
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    • Even then, change will be difficult because the team is mired in a ‘the future is now’ philosophy, even when the present is bleak and unpromising.
    • They always believe themselves to be in the right, no matter how much wickedness they are mired in.
    • The flyover projects are stuck with no sign of a resolution of whatever conflicts they are mired in.
    entangle, tangle up, embroil, catch up, mix up, involve


Middle English: from Old Norse mýrr, of Germanic origin; related to moss.

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