Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

bore

play
verb \ˈbȯr\

Definition of bore

boredbor·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce with a turning or twisting movement of a tool

  3. 2 :  to make (as a cylindrical hole) by boring or digging away material <bored a tunnel>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to make a hole by or as if by boring b :  to sink a mine shaft or well

  6. 2 :  to make one's way steadily especially against resistance <we bored through the jostling crowd>



Origin of bore

Middle English, from Old English borian; akin to Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forare to bore, ferire to strike


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. 1 a :  a usually cylindrical hole made by or as if by boring b chiefly Australian & New Zealand :  a borehole drilled especially to make an artesian well

  2. 2 a :  the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (as a tube or gun barrel) b :  the inner surface of a hollow cylindrical object

  3. 3 :  the size of a bore: as a :  the interior diameter of a gun barrel; especially chiefly British :  gauge 1a(2) b :  the diameter of an engine cylinder



14th Century

First Known Use of bore

14th century


3

bore

Definition of bore

  1. past of bear




4

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. :  a tidal flood with a high abrupt front



Origin of bore

Middle English *bore wave, from Old Norse bāra


First Known Use: 1601


5

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. :  one that causes boredom: as a :  a tiresome person b :  something that is devoid of interest



Origin of bore

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1766


6

bore

verb

Definition of bore

boredbor·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to feel boredom



1768

First Known Use of bore

1768




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bore? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ