\ˈbu̇r \

Definition of boor 

1 : peasant

2 : a rude or insensitive person

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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

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This is unequivocal good news for D.C. Let’s not let the Beltway boors bungle this. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Champion Caps Shake Washington, D.C.," 8 June 2018 Don’t belabor your point No one likes a boor or an obsessive, so don’t be one. Dwight Silverman, San Antonio Express-News, "How to be a good internet citizen," 3 July 2018 So in addition to being indiscreet and uncouth, this boor also lacks physical grace. Phil Rosenthal,, "Please, ESPN, don't muzzle Adrian Wojnarowski's NBA draft spoilers," 19 June 2018 That would be Bob Phillips (Christopher M. Williams), a bit of a boor who shares an untidy and antagonistic household with wife Teresa (Sharon Rietkerk, razor sharp), who has nearly stopped giving a damn. David Coddon,, "'How the Other Half Loves' ingenious and fab at North Coast Rep," 15 Apr. 2018 There were plenty of blowhards, bigots and boors, not to mention people who really shouldn’t be wearing madras. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 O’Neill might be a womanizing boor but his devotion to his job—and to thwarting attacks on the U.S.—is unmistakable. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Gripping History of The Looming Tower," 1 Mar. 2018 Johnson was regarded as a boor and an amateur, and, on the left, a war criminal. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump and the State of the Union," 31 Jan. 2018 All of a sudden women recoiled, the ethos tilted, and now the tumbrel is moving briskly through Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and beyond, carrying lechers, perverts, and boors into job-threatening disgrace. Alessandra Stanley, Town & Country, "Could 2018 Be the Year of the Gentleman?," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of boor

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boor

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

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: a rude and rough person

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