One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used for emphasis, especially after yes and no.‘he's not the type to treat young employees like mud, no siree’
- ‘'No siree, I'm not giving them a penny of my money,’ Pat declared with certainty, draining the coffee cup.’
- ‘I won't have any of that food in my house, no sirree!’
- ‘You'd never get eight cats to pull a sledge, no siree.’
- ‘This is no game of fishing in the carnival ducky pond, no siree.’
- ‘Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, no sirree.’
Early 19th century: from sir + the emphatic suffix -ee.
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