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

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Other Words from boorish

boorishly adverb
boorishness noun

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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 Those developments have not surprised some of Mr. Yang’s former employees, who said Mr. Yang’s boorish behavior sometimes made him look and sound more like a fraternity brother than a chief executive. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "What It Was Like to Work for Andrew Yang," 7 Feb. 2020 So far, his boorish behavior has gotten him suspended four times from Twitch and banned three times from Twitter. Trevor Quirk, Wired, "Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?," 15 Jan. 2020 But just as many cherish the scene in which Grant, as a boyish British prime minister, berates a boorish U.S. president played by Billy Bob Thornton. Washington Post, "Holiday rom-com ‘Love, Actually’ inspires UK election memes," 10 Dec. 2019 But just as many cherish the scene in which Grant, as a boyish British prime minister, berates a boorish US president played by Billy Bob Thornton., "LONDON — “Love, Actually” is all around this year in Britain’s pre-Christmas election.," 11 Dec. 2019 The author’s Twitter presence is a post-post-post-ironic blend of jokey homoerotic photos of bodybuilders and boorish far-right memes. Ian Allen, The New Republic, "The Far Right’s Apocalyptic Literary Canon," 1 Oct. 2019 Bosworth succeeds marvelously in making Darcy boorish but not a bore. Matthew J. Palm,, "Some of Jane Austen’s magic is missing in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ adaptation | Review," 22 Sep. 2019 His boorish behavior, profiteering, coarse language and schoolyard taunts at his political foes have lowered the dignity of the office beyond measure. Eric Zorn,, "Column: FOP’s clownish ‘no confidence’ vote only gives Superintendent Eddie Johnson extra job security, for now," 25 Oct. 2019 But Medvedev, who gained infamy earlier in the tournament for his boorish on-court behavior, still needs to win three tough sets in order to take home the winner’s trophy. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Nadal and Medvedev Will Play for the U.S. Open Men’s Title," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Boorish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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