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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bawr, bohr]
    • /bɔr, boʊr/
    • /bɔː(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bawr, bohr]
    • /bɔr, boʊr/

Definitions of bore word

  • verb bore If someone or something bores you, you find them dull and uninteresting. 3
  • countable noun bore You describe someone as a bore when you think that they talk in a very uninteresting way. 3
  • singular noun bore You can describe a situation as a bore when you find it annoying. 3
  • verb bore If you bore a hole in something, you make a deep round hole in it using a special tool. 3
  • verb bore If someone's eyes bore into you, they stare intensely at you. 3
  • countable noun bore A bore is a very large wave that moves quickly up certain rivers from the sea at particular times of the year as a result of unusual tides. 3

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Origin of bore

First appearance:

before 1760
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1760-70; of uncertain origin

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Parts of speech for Bore


bore popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for bore

noun bore

  • pain in the neck — source of annoyance
  • wimp — any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.
  • pain — physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.
  • nag — to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.
  • yawn — to open the mouth somewhat involuntarily with a prolonged, deep inhalation and sighing or heavy exhalation, as from drowsiness or boredom.

verb bore

  • riddle — a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.
  • ream — a standard quantity of paper, consisting of 20 quires or 500 sheets (formerly 480 sheets), or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream)
  • pierce — to penetrate into or run through (something), as a sharp, pointed dagger, object, or instrument does.
  • prick — a puncture made by a needle, thorn, or the like.
  • tunnel — an underground passage.

Antonyms for bore

noun bore

  • charmer — If you refer to someone, especially a man, as a charmer, you think that they behave in a very charming but rather insincere way.
  • pleasure — the state or feeling of being pleased.

verb bore

  • amuse — If something amuses you, it makes you want to laugh or smile.
  • charm — Charm is the quality of being pleasant or attractive.
  • interest — the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is particularly engaged by something: She has a great interest in the poetry of Donne.
  • close — When you close something such as a door or lid or when it closes, it moves so that a hole, gap, or opening is covered.
  • please — (used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?

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