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

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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The picture of Kavanaugh as a hard-drinking, hard-partying, boorish high-school student is so recognizable to those of us in the D.C. private school community. Jason Zengerle, Town & Country, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Private School Pecking Order," 16 Oct. 2018 Lavrov said Britain’s ‘‘boorish and unfounded’’ accusations against Russia were intended to distract public attention from the troubled path toward Brexit. Jill Lawless,, "US, France, Germany join UK in blaming Russia for spy attack," 15 Mar. 2018 In an age of heightened awareness about respect for women, Mr. Acosta’s boorish behavior was tone-deaf—or perhaps simply revealing. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Drug War and the Caravan," 11 Nov. 2018 Today’s lawsuit, which names the President and various government officials as defendants, arrives after the White House revoked Mr. Acosta’s pass following his boorish breaches of protocol at last Wednesday’s presidential press conference. James Freeman, WSJ, "CNN’s Acosta Privilege," 13 Nov. 2018 Busch’s racing rap sheet reads like that of a true villain: the fistfight with Joey Logano, getting black-flagged in the Truck Series, and a history of boorish comments and fits of rage. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR fans: Hate Kyle Busch all you want, but show respect — he's an all-time great. | Charlotte Observer," 11 Apr. 2018 His productions stayed innovative, but his lyrics could turn petty and boorish — exacerbated, apparently, by the bipolar disorder that Mr. West has said he was diagnosed with at age 40. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Kanye West Writes a Song of Himself on ‘Ye’," 3 June 2018 The story of the internet has always been the same story: disaffected young men thinking their boorish and cruel behavior was justified or permissible. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 But when one of her elderly charges complains of receiving unwanted visits from Vincent, the boorish son of another woman from church, Amy shadows Vincent to discover what’s behind his behavior. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Homicide Disguised," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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