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 Last week, Spears’ former boyfriend Justin Timberlake posted a statement on Instagram apologizing for his boorish public treatment of Spears after their breakup. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The new Britney Spears documentary is more about us than it is about her," 19 Feb. 2021 At this point, anyone who thinks Trump has put on a boorish act to hide his evil genius is totally wrong — no genius detected, just evil. Elly Belle,, "Wow, Trump’s Password Is Even More Obvious Than 1234," 20 Dec. 2020 These include many independents and former Republicans who self-identify as moderate or conservative and are likely to be put off by the president's more boorish inclinations. Mark Leibovich, Star Tribune, "Campaigning in Wisconsin, Ivanka Trump's style stands in contrast to her father's," 24 Oct. 2020 With admirable subtlety, Lee, who made his directorial debut in 2017 with God’s Own Country, charts a course for Mary and Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), the frail wife of a boorish amateur archeologist who has herself recently lost a child. Shannon Pufahl, The New York Review of Books, "The Look of Lesbian Love," 28 Dec. 2020 Dear Miss Manners: How much rude and boorish behavior should a host tolerate from a guest before saying something? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Host’s composure finally snaps," 23 Oct. 2020 Biden's boorish conduct, holding policy press conferences, attending official events, discussing foreign policy with heads' of state, etc., is truly appalling. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Mark Levin says Biden's 'president-elect' declarations are utterances of a 'tyrant' encouraged by the media," 11 Nov. 2020 His boorish rhetoric and self-dealing proclivities were seen as aberrations; his feckless management of the coronavirus pandemic was a betrayal of a legacy of sturdy White House leadership amid crisis. Washington Post, "Trumpism is here to stay," 29 Oct. 2020 The Hustle, a boorish, boring comedy that wasted her talents, but which gave her the opportunity to stretch herself in a new way — her Witches accent is a direct descendent of whatever was going on in that movie. Anne Cohen,, "Make Way For Anne Hathaway, Grand High Witch Of Camp," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Boorish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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