Mire – a ‘muddy’ action

October 1st, 2019
To mire someone or something is to pull them into a veritable “mire.”

This entry features the verb aspect of “mire.” Yet to appreciate that, let’s review “mire” as a noun.

Via Dictionary.com “mire’ noun definitions:
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.

So! to mire as an action is to engage someone or something in a mire.

Verb definitions via New World Dictionary Second College Edition
to cause to get stuck in or as in a mire

2. to soil or splatter with mud or dirt

Usage examples
● Oscar purchased the condominium, and found himself as a new homeowner, mired in the condo board litigation against neighboring businesses.
● Tanya felt wooed into loving Mark, only to fall mired in his weltschmerz.*
● The mayor was mired in scandal after his brother was arrested for embezzling.

● Spencer suggested to accompany Liz home for Thanksgiving. She shook her head and replied, “Darling I shall not mire you in my family’s twisted dynamics.”
● The Furniture store membership was touted to help save money by offering wholesale prices, yet Augustus suspected the monthly fees would mire him in accumulative debt.

Do you try not to mire someone into your ‘muddy’ situations?

*“Weltschmerz” is a former ‘Love for  Words’ feature.


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1 thought on “Mire – a ‘muddy’ action”

  1. Don’t get mired down in the day to day drudgery, stop, smell the roses, look up at the tree, find beauty in the clouds, feel the rain on your skin.

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