: an uncastrated male swine
: the male of any of several mammals (such as a guinea pig or bear)
boarish adjective

Examples of boar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the wild boar and venison to the pot in two batches, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well-​browned on all sides. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 15 Nov. 2023 But what makes these wild German boars so radioactive in the first place? Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 In Germany, for example, scientists have long known that the wild boars roaming forests in the country’s south contain high levels of radioactive cesium. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 And while cesium-137 levels have declined in most game animals, the wild boars’ radioactivity levels haven’t changed substantially, with their meat often exceeding regulatory limits for consumption. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2023 The young boar fled alone while the sow ran in circles, crashing through the woods, trying to evade this new boar. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, 21 Sep. 2023 The sellers had 16 horses, 25 chickens, three goats, a huge potbellied pig and a Russian boar named Kevin. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Guests are greeted by a large boar statue collared in neon, modeled after the Uffizi gallery’s Porcellino, while the dining room’s strigil motif is rendered in plaster and echoed in the curving banquettes and light fixtures. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 8 Sep. 2023 Flora meets fauna with the incorporation of a butterfly and a bee, plus small drawings of a lion, unicorn and boar from the royal couple's coats of arms. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English bor, from Old English bār; akin to Old High German & Old Saxon bēr boar

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of boar was before the 12th century

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“Boar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈbō(ə)r How to pronounce boar (audio)
: a male pig
also : the male of any of several mammals (as a guinea pig or raccoon)

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