shirred; shirring; shirrs

transitive verb

: to draw (a material, such as cloth) together in a shirring
: to bake (eggs removed from the shell) until set

Examples of shirr in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This bandeau bra is made with 360-degree stretch and shirred cups which add support and extra definition to your boob shape (say goodbye to uniboob!). Jenna Clark, Women's Health, 30 Mar. 2023 Really strong were the boxer shorts and vests inlaid with panels of shirred elastic that were aesthetically pleasing, comfortable (the models attested), and consistent with the designer’s interesting point of focus. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2019 Posh animals will find options like the timeless tuxedo and shirred dresses, while those who are normcore inclined are also covered (snoods and hoodies made of sustainable bamboo). Peter Haldeman, New York Times, 4 July 2018

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shirr was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Shirr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to draw cloth together in a shirring
: to cook eggs removed from the shell by baking
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