I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr; akin to Old English mōs marsh — more at moss Date: 14th century 1. wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh) 2. heavy often deep mud or slush 3. a troublesome or intractable situation <
found themselves in a mire of debt
miry adjective II. verb (mired; miring) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to stick fast in or as if in mire b. to hamper or hold back as if by mire ; entangle 2. to cover or soil with mire intransitive verb to stick or sink in mire

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