boor·​ish | \ˈbu̇r-ish \

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

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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 Ted Kennedy has often been caricatured as a boorish drunk, but Clarke gives him an emotional depth that Kennedy’s detractors too often discount. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Eternal Return of the Kennedys," 30 Apr. 2018 Read More Masters champ's 1st Quail Hollow: No crowds, but still the week's 'best story' Read More What’s the root of Patrick Reed’s boorish behavior? David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Wells Fargo Championship returns to Quail Hollow: 10 storylines to follow | Charlotte Observer," 29 Apr. 2018 Generally, voters aren’t fond of entitled, boorish behavior by public officials, or their spouses. John Baer,, "The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor is spicier than you think," 29 Apr. 2018 Gillibrand was long accustomed to the boorish behavior of some of her male colleagues. Jason Zengerle, GQ, "Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senator From the State of #MeToo," 17 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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