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Definition of Sir


  1. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire.
  2. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet.
  3. 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. 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.

Sir Quotations

There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.
Bertrand Russell

You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Samuel Johnson

What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
Mark Twain

I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don't flatter me.
Charlotte Bronte

We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only.
Oriana Fallaci
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Sir Translations

sir in Danish is herre, hr.
sir in French is monsieur
sir in German is Herr, mein Herr
sir in Italian is signore
sir in Spanish is sr
sir in Swedish is adelstitel, min herre
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