1

bore

play
verb \ˈbȯr\

Definition of bore

bored

;

boring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce with a turning or twisting movement of a tool bore a wooden post

  3. 2 :  to make (as a cylindrical hole) by boring or digging away material bored a tunnel use a drill to bore a hole through the board

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  to make a hole by or as if by boring insects that bore into treesb :  to sink a mine shaft or well boring for oil

  6. 2 :  to make one's way steadily especially against resistance We bored through the jostling crowd.

Origin and Etymology of bore

Middle English boren, going back to Old English borian, going back to Germanic *bur-ō- (whence Old High German borōn “to pierce,” Old Norse bora), probably verbal derivative of a noun base bur- “tool for piercing” (whence Old English bor “chiseling instrument,” Old High German bora); akin to Latin forāre “to bore,” ferīre to strike”


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. 1a :  a usually cylindrical hole made by or as if by the turning or twisting movement of a tool :  a hole made by or as if by boring (see 1bore)b chiefly Australia and New Zealand :  a borehole drilled especially to make an artesian well

  2. 2a :  the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (as a tube or gun barrel)b :  the inner surface of a hollow cylindrical object

  3. 3 :  the size of a bore: such asa :  the interior diameter of a gun barrel; especially, chiefly British :  gauge 1a(2) a .22 bore revolverb :  the diameter of an engine cylinder

Origin and Etymology of bore

Middle English, “hole, perforation,” in part noun derivative of boren “to 1bore,” in part borrowed from Old Norse bora “borehole,” derivative of bora “to bore”


First Known Use: 14th century


3

bore

Definition of bore

  1. past tense of bear


4

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. :  a tidal flood with a high abrupt front a dangerous bore at the mouth of the Amazon

Origin and Etymology of bore

Middle English *bore wave, from Old Norse bāra


First Known Use: 1601


5

bore

noun

Definition of bore

  1. :  one that causes weariness and restlessness through lack of interest :  one that causes boredom: such asa :  a dull or tiresome person His friends are a bunch of bores.b :  something that is devoid of interest The lecture was a total bore.

Origin and Etymology of bore

of uncertain origin Plausibly a derivative of the verb 6bore, if this was a sense development of 1bore (“to drill, wear at” > “to induce ennui”); however, the noun, a vogue word among London political and cultural figures in the 1760's, appears to predate the verb.


First Known Use: 1766


6

bore

verb

Definition of bore

bored

;

boring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to feel weariness and restlessness through lack of interest :  to cause to feel boredom trying not to bore your audience got bored by the party and left

Origin and Etymology of bore

perhaps verbal derivative of 5bore if the noun is earlier See note at 5bore.


First Known Use: 1768


BORE Defined for Kids

1

bore

play
verb \ˈbȯr\

Definition of bore for Students

bored

;

boring

  1. 1 :  to make a hole in especially with a drill bore a piece of wood

  2. 2 :  to make by piercing or drilling bore a hole

borer

noun

2

bore

play
noun

Definition of bore for Students

  1. 1 :  a hole made by boring

  2. 2 :  a space (as in a gun barrel) shaped like a cylinder

  3. 3 :  the diameter of a hole or cylinder


3

bore

play

Definition of bore for Students

  1. past of bear


4

bore

play
noun

Definition of bore for Students

  1. :  an uninteresting person or thing


5

bore

play
verb

Definition of bore for Students

bored

;

boring

  1. :  to make tired and restless by being uninteresting This long-winded story bores me.


Medical Dictionary

1

bore

Medical Definition of bore

past of bear

2

bore

play
noun \ˈbō(ə)r, ˈbȯ(ə)r\

Medical Definition of bore

  1. 1:  the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (as a tube or artery)

  2. 2:  the internal diameter of a tube (as a hypodermic needle, catheter, or sound) a small-bore catheter


Law Dictionary

bore

  1. past of bear



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bore? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

clearly seen through or understood

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • manet-jeanne-spring
  • Which is a synonym of chaffer?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ