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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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Indeed, many teachers are probably as bored marking the schoolwork as pupils are producing it. The Economist, "Are you stuck in a “bullshit job”?," 31 May 2018 Their Cups might be on the line, but frankly many of them look bored. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Nigeria Finds World Cup Magic Against Iceland," 23 June 2018 And so people who get bored at work or at school will just make these very funny lip-sync videos. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 Jack McCain, bored with R&R on Midway during WWII, threw a trophy awarded to a rival submarine through a window of the officers club and then commandeered a Jeep to continue the festivities. P.j. O'rourke, Town & Country, "Roberta McCain, the Woman Who Shaped Senator John McCain," 29 Aug. 2018 Despite the sleepy and bored reactions of those watching the performance, the pair of musical friends have the time of their lives, and take a few moments during their duet to pay homage to Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande's "Dance to This" Music Video Is Inspired by "High School Musical"," 19 July 2018 But perhaps another bored, indifferent 21 year old may find focus and direction in his or her life to tackle and complete this fabulous quest pioneered by Einstein and Hawking. Michio Kaku, Fortune, "Michio Kaku: The Quest That Hawking Pioneered," 19 Mar. 2018 Ana Lily Amirpour’s stylish black-and-white Farsi-language vampire film feels like a lost 1980s Jim Jarmusch project, thanks to its languid, sleepy 1950s vibe and unending sense of bored, disaffected cool. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Horror hounds will likely feel bored, confused and more than a little ripped-off. Noel Murray,, "Review: Mashup of cameos and mismatched footage doesn't fly in weird vampire flick 'Sunset Society'," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of bored

1823, in the meaning defined above

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