\ ˈbu̇r How to pronounce boor (audio) \

Definition of boor

1 : peasant
2 : a rude or insensitive person

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Examples of boor in a Sentence

I can't invite a boor like him to dinner! He'd offend the other guests. a loudmouthed boor who embarrassed his family at every social event they attended
Recent Examples on the Web Chuck Mumpson, an American boor as lumpish as his name. Margalit Fox, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 They are well matched by McCarthy — played by Lee Sellars as a sort of East-Coast-meets-Texas boor, without a whisper of Wisconsin to him — and his ruthlessly loyal young researcher, Jean Kerr (Cathryn Wake), who will become his wife. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 Grant had often been depicted in either laudatory or disdainful terms — as a brilliant military tactician or as a drunken boor who was a failure at everything except war. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2019 Many of the conservative women who once saw him as a boor have come to believe that for too long they were focused on the wrong qualities in presidential candidates. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2019 Now that boor is a celebrity judge in the Funniest Person in Austin contest Dana hoped might be her ticket to a second chance at the big time. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2019 This is unequivocal good news for D.C. Let’s not let the Beltway boors bungle this. Jason Gay, WSJ, 8 June 2018 Don’t belabor your point No one likes a boor or an obsessive, so don’t be one. Dwight Silverman, San Antonio Express-News, 3 July 2018 So in addition to being indiscreet and uncouth, this boor also lacks physical grace. Phil Rosenthal,, 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of boor

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boor

Dutch boer; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower

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“Boor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boor

: a rude and rough person

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