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 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 That attitude breeds impatience and boorish behavior, and lately Big Sur residents have begun speaking out about the damage and disrespect. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Big Sur," 6 Sep. 2019 Diehard Trump enthusiasts view Hurd’s announcement as comeuppance for the congressman periodically criticizing the president’s boorish tendencies. Gilbert Garcia,, "Hurd walked a thin line in his congressional swing district," 3 Aug. 2019 Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney McKay Chauvin, also now a circuit judge, argued that Manly's behavior was criminal, in addition to being boorish and offensive. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "One Louisville lawyer hit another with aerosol can in courthouse brawl, police say," 17 July 2019 Unlike the atmosphere at that final in New York, where the fevered, pro-Federer audience verged on boorish, the crowd here did not seethe with nastiness. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "The Crowd Roars for Federer, and Djokovic Tunes Out the Noise," 14 July 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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7 Dec 2019

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“Boorish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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