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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The handcrafted oak base and premium boar bristles seamlessly combine function with a sleek design. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 17 Nov. 2022 Wild boar is an invasive and destructive pig species that’s sustainable to hunt. Hannah Selinger, Outside Online, 2 Nov. 2022 In Season 1, King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) takes the medicine after being fatally gored by a boar on a hunting trip. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Oct. 2022 Then the newest release of the red Ornellaia, the 2019 ‘Il Vigore’, was presented with wild boar ragout as boar is commonly hunted in Tuscany by the locals as there is an overpopulation issue. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 In Italy’s rural areas, hunting wild boar is a popular sport and most Italians can offer a long list of their favorite wild boar dishes, including pappardelle pasta with boar sauce and wild boar stew., 25 Sep. 2021 Wild boar are again roaming the Bay Area tearing up lawns, The Sacramento Bee reported. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 The Body Brush from De La Heart is made of all-natural boar bristles and can be used to exfoliate dry skin, improve circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage. Emily Burns, ELLE, 27 Sep. 2022 The boar, bigger and wilder than expected, kills the hunting dogs. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 18 Sep. 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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