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Definition of bored

: filled with or characterized by boredom had never been more bored in her life a bored voice Bobbi slouched back against the cushions doing her best impression of a bored teenager …— Ingrid Law

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Saxby grew bored with the player vs. environment nature of EQ and wanted to shift his guild’s focus instead to the player vs. player element. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "EverQuest’s long, strange 20-year trip still has no end in sight," 6 June 2019 According to Us Weekly, Pitt seemed bored at the beginning of the auction, but perked up when the chance to geek out with Clarke went up for bidding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Brad Pitt Was Willing to Spend $120,000 to Watch 'Game of Thrones' with Emilia Clarke," 7 Jan. 2018 But through a combination of politics and a second look at technology, the tunnel option made a comeback. New technology suggested that a deep-bored tunnel could be cheaper than once thought. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 The original hot-air balloons were invented by two bored brothers out of a burlap sack. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Guide for Reinventing the World If Your Time Machine Gets Stuck in the Past," 18 Sep. 2018 This is the new Hadid, the smiley-faced, not at all bored Hadid. Shannon Carlin,, "Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Bella Hadid Learning How To Smile?," 14 May 2018 Again, to be totally clear, this anecdotal take is still subject to less dramatic results, like genuine accounts or harmful-yet-simple trolling efforts from bored teens. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Twitter CEO wants to study platform’s “health,” but is he ignoring the cancer?," 2 Mar. 2018 Or an episode where Maya Rudolph played a bored celestial judge? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Also in Seattle: The new 2.5-mile State Route 99 tunnel, set to open to traffic this year, is the hemisphere’s largest-diameter bored tunnel. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: The Big Dig," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of bored

1823, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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