shirr /shər/. noun or verb. To draw cloth together (into a shirring) using parallel threads. To bake shelled eggs until set. To poach eggs in cream instead of water. Origin/etymology: unknown.
“…there I would sit, with a dummy book or a bag of bonbons, or both, or nothing but my tingling glands, and watch her gambol, rubber-capped, bepearled, smoothly tanned, as glad as an ad, in her trim-fitted satin pants and shirred bra.” (Vladimir Nabokov)
“…they rode with the slamming and jarring of the wagon half shirring the meat from their bones so that they cried out to be left and then they died.” (Cormac McCarthy)
“Jocelyn said he made it sound as though that were the only reason he’d moved out, because restaurant eating would be so swell. She felt she’d been traded for shirred eggs.” (Karen Joy Fowler)
drinks from the small sheer pond
of its rain-shimmering face, from its own
reflection, the wind-shirred sky’s.”
Select Synonyms: ruffle, pucker, pleat, tuck.