boor·​ish ˈbu̇r-ish How to pronounce boorish (audio)
: resembling or befitting a rude or insensitive person : resembling or befitting a boor
boorish remarks
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
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Word History


see boor

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boorish was in 1562

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“Boorish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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