\ 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 or bear)

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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 The boar, perhaps bemused, eventually wandered off. oregonlive, "He survived a horrific plane crash in the jungle -- then the enemy came for him: An untold World War II story of survival," 14 Oct. 2020 Wild boar and sweet pepper ragout is served over mafalde pasta with eggplant, pecans and herbs. Will Coviello,, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 That includes bringing in search-dog teams, building fences, and deploying drones and helicopters with thermal-imaging technology to scour for boar. Megan Durisin,, "Germany’s Pig Virus Battle Worsens as Case Reaches New Area," 30 Sep. 2020 This boar-bristle brush with the chic wooden handle can help achieve gorgeously coiffed hair—with a scalp massage thrown in. The Editors, Marie Claire, "52 New Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life," 29 Sep. 2020 The dinners often featured venison or boar that Scalia hunted and Ginsburg's husband, a renowned tax attorney who died in 2010, had expertly prepared. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Opera, travel, food, law: The strange bedfellows friendship of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia," 20 Sep. 2020 The boar bristles in this brush add shine and eliminate frizz, while being gentle on your hair. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Master An At-Home Blowout, According to Experts," 15 Sep. 2020 Some would slink over the border to feast on farmers' cattle and boar in Hong Kong, before slipping back over the hills to the north -- occasionally feasting on a human, rather than an animal. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than nearly any city. But 60 years ago, tigers were still seen in the wild," 15 Aug. 2020 To date, excavations at the site have unearthed carved deer and boar bones, arrowheads, and fishing net sinks associated with Mesolithic people who lived in the region more than 8,000 years ago. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Suggests Bones Preserved in Peat Bogs May Be at Risk," 31 July 2020

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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 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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