: a rude or insensitive person

Examples of boor in a Sentence

I can't invite a boor like him to dinner! He'd offend the other guests. a loudmouthed boor who embarrassed his family at every social event they attended
Recent Examples on the Web The fact that your brother acknowledges he’s been a boor and then … keeps right on being a boor doesn’t say much for him. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 Djokovic has become a boor. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 The boor that made Milwaukee famous. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2020 Yes, cousin Sam is a stubborn boor, and Aunt Ellie drives you a little crazy with her nitpicking ways. Country Living, 8 Mar. 2023 As Bad Sisters‘ John Paul, Bang might just be the least likable character on television — a petty boor of a man whose only apparent joy in life comes from tormenting others. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Nov. 2022 This may be true to the directness of the tech world, but presenting Kalanick so straightforwardly as a boor means that there’s nowhere for this story to take us. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 Her husband, however, is a boor on the level of Juicy Joe Giudice. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 31 Oct. 2021 Chuck Mumpson, an American boor as lumpish as his name. Margalit Fox, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


Dutch boer; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boor was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Boor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boor. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a crude or impolite person
boorishly adverb
boorishness noun

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