sore


1sore

adjective \ˈsr\

: feeling or affected by pain

: causing emotional pain or distress

: angry or upset

sor·ersor·est

Full Definition of SORE

1
a :  causing pain or distress <a sore subject>
b :  painfully sensitive :  tender <sore muscles>
c :  hurt or inflamed so as to be or seem painful <sore runny eyes> <a dog limping on a sore leg>
2
:  attended by difficulties, hardship, or exertion
3
:  angry, irked <a sore loser>
sore·ness noun

Examples of SORE

  1. a dog limping on a sore leg
  2. The patient has a sore throat.
  3. That's a sore subject to bring up.
  4. The discussion touched on a sore spot.
  5. My neighbor is sore at me.
  6. Are you still sore about what happened last night?

Origin of SORE

Middle English sor, from Old English sār; akin to Old High German sēr sore and probably to Old Irish saeth distress
First Known Use: before 12th century

2sore

noun

: a sore or painful spot on the body

Full Definition of SORE

1
:  a localized sore spot on the body; especially :  one (as an ulcer) with the tissues ruptured or abraded and usually with infection
2
:  a source of pain or vexation :  affliction

Examples of SORE

  1. He has a sore on his lip.

First Known Use of SORE

before 12th century

3sore

adverb

Definition of SORE

:  sorely

Examples of SORE

  1. <I was sore afraid we'd never make it home.>

First Known Use of SORE

before 12th century

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