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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Dire
  1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.
  2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable." Dire was the tossing, deep the groans." [Milton.]"Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire." [Milton.]

Etymology: L. dirus; of uncertain origin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Causing fear or dread or terror ("dire news" and "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked")
  2. Fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless ("a dire emergency")

Borrowing from Latin dirus (“fearful, ominous”).

dire was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Latin, Middle French, Occitan, Old French, Old Provençal, and Walloon

Notable Persons Named Dire

Dire is a law professor. Dire was born on April 20th, 1975.


Dire was born on June 19th, 1985. Dire is also known as Dire Tune Arissi.


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Popularity of Dire as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dire U.S.
  White 90.33% 64.26%
  African American 4.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dire

People with the last name Dire are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dire

  • How Popular is the name Dire? As a last name Dire was the 42,030th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Dire first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dire is Saturday, July 28th, 1894.
  • How unique is the name Dire? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dire. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dire: Your name in reverse order is Erid. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eird. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dire? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 517 people with the last name Dire.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dire? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dire as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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