\ ˈbȯrd \

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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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 The midday sun ducked behind a rain cloud, dimming the living room into a sort of sepia tone, and Les Williams, feeling restless and a bit bored, pointed the remote at the television and put on football. Jesse Dougherty,, "Former Alabama player Les Williams is one of more than 100 suing NCAA over brain injuries," 3 July 2018 His expression remained the same, too—not bored, exactly, but never unduly enamored with his latest accomplishment, either. Jay Willis, GQ, "The press release is layered in so much stilted, sanitized corporatespeak," 4 May 2018 If no artistic use is made of it, people will get bored, and the expensive innovation will no longer be worth using. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ask Mick LaSalle: What happened to Imax 3-D?," 2 May 2018 Because kids grow so darn fast. Amy Haneline / IndyStar Taking kids to a crowded arena where they might be jammed in their seats — bored, tired, hungry — is just asking for a meltdown. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how much it costs to take kids to Colts, Pacers and other sporting events," 20 Apr. 2018 The trail, named for its Tampa-to-Miami route, bored straight through the heart of the Everglades as part of the Army Corps of Engineers’ earliest attempts in the 1920s to drain the Big Cypress Swamp. Janice Gary, Longreads, "Bang and Vanish," 18 Apr. 2018 Hair, blond or not, getting lighter while skin turns golden (preferably) or ruddy, is part of the pleasure of tanning, particularly if one is a little bored with oneself, or finding life itself a bit tiresome. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of bored

1823, in the meaning defined above

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