One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cover or stain with mud.‘his shoes were bemired from travelling on foot’
make muddy, cake with dirt, cake with mud, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, mire, spatter, bespatterView synonyms
- ‘His clothes were somewhat torn and much bemired.’
- ‘In their intense concentration, they neither move nor whimper while their brown fur, wet and bemired with hunting, appears all of one color with the earth like two animate objects formed from the flinty Pennsylvania soil.’
- ‘The rain descended harder than ever, and he took refuge in the arched doorway of the village church, his boots already bemired, his great coat reeking with the downpour.’
- ‘I am glad to see you, my dear children; you are very hungry and weary; and my poor Peter, thou art horribly bemired; come in and let me clean thee.’
- 1.1be bemired Be stuck in mud.‘better that than have men and horses and wagons all bemired’
- ‘I saw your horse bemired, and put him from his agony.’
- ‘We unloaded our horses and crossed the property on our shoulders there being not more than 2 feet [of] water, but we sunk up to our middle in mud, the horses bemired themselves in crossing and it was with difficulty we got them over the banks being bogs as also the bed of the river.’
Mid 16th century: from be- (expressing transitivity) + mire.
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