boor·​ish | \ ˈbu̇r-ish How to pronounce boorish (audio) \

Definition of boorish

: resembling or befitting a rude or insensitive person : resembling or befitting a boor boorish remarks

Other Words from boorish

boorishly adverb
boorishness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for boorish

boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance. boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable. a drunk's boorish behavior churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness. churlish remarks loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity. a loutish oaf clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics. an adolescent's clownish conduct

Examples of boorish in a Sentence

boorish behavior, such as yelling for service in restaurants
Recent Examples on the Web The musical itself was adapted from Dahl’s original 1988 children’s novel, about the titular Matilda — a girl, born to a boorish, anti-intellectual and neglectful family, who shows intelligence from an early age. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 15 June 2022 When news broke of Better’s boorish firings, Garg took a month-long hiatus from his duties, returning in mid-January. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 2 June 2022 It’s as if there were something about Buckley’s openness and unassuming warmth on screen that inspires certain directors to use her as a dramatic counterweight, even a corrective, to all manner of boorish behavior. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 That increasingly jumpy VCs played a key role in ousting the boorish Kalanick is only further evidence (for Mallaby) of the utility of VC. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 From a modern viewpoint, Stevens’ boorish attitudes remain unsettling to the very last page. Robert Isenberg, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2022 There was genuine goodwill between the teams as Australia’s infamous boorish behavior has been eroded since the Sandpaper scandal and given further refining under the affable Cummins. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 But these 110 minutes end up feeling like a boorish highlight reel of bad-boy antics from a protagonist who off-screen has attained greater perspective on his erstwhile antics than his celluloid biographers manage. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 The early reviews of Horizon Worlds on the Oculus store read like a litany of complaints about boorish behavior by unwelcome youngsters. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of boorish

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boorish

see boor

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“Boorish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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