\ ˈbȯr How to pronounce boar (audio) \

Definition of boar

1a : an uncastrated male swine
b : the male of any of several mammals (such as a guinea pig)

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Other Words from boar

boarish \ ˈbȯr-​ish How to pronounce boarish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of boar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That prompted a review of policy starting last year, which included a halt to hunts by volunteers for boars deemed to be threats to property or public safety. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones," 6 Feb. 2019 One of the most surprising thefts, Keilmann told CNN, was a stuffed boar's head taken from a hotel in France. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Mattresses, coffee machines and a stuffed boar's head -- the surprising things stolen from luxury hotels," 9 Dec. 2019 Wild German boars may not have noticed, but their potential habitat expanded rapidly, too, as physical border barriers became increasingly unpopular in Europe. Washington Post, "Denmark’s far right wanted a Trump-style border barrier. It got a fence against wild boars instead.," 5 Dec. 2019 The kangaroo was a particular hit, but other animal builds in the kit include a leopard, mouse, boar, monkey—and a mantis shrimp, complete with leg-like swimmerets. Michelle Z. Donahue, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 But boars, sows and piglets have been spotted up and down the road., "ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved to round up pigs that escaped from a Vermont farm.," 12 Sep. 2019 Strands of tagliatelle are so light and lovely, twined together with a wild-boar Bolognese that introduces just an edge of funk. Globe Staff,, "Celebrating simple pleasures at Karen Akunowicz’s restaurant Fox & the Knife," 23 July 2019 Aggressive boars were killed and their intestines inspected for human remains. The Washington Post, al, "A woman vanished 16 days ago hiking in a Maui forest. Then a search helicopter made a pass.," 25 May 2019 In the third episode of the new season: force multipliers, hyper-decanting, and boars on floors. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E3: Takeover Defense," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of boar

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

History and Etymology for boar

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

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

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boar

: a male pig
: a wild pig


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Kids Definition of boar

1 : a male pig

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