bore·​dom | \ ˈbȯr-dəm How to pronounce boredom (audio) \

Definition of boredom

: the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest the boredom of a long car trip

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Examples of boredom in a Sentence

On days when few customers came to shop, Bob felt overwhelmed by boredom. the boredom of a long car trip
Recent Examples on the Web Stability does not have to mean boredom; some of life’s greatest gifts come from dedication. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Aquarius Tarot Horoscopes: March 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 Also from Park Synagogue is a program to help bust your boredom while also helping the Cleveland Food Bank. cleveland, "Join the Zoom conversations to discuss the future of Noble Library: Press Run," 26 Feb. 2021 The likelihood of extreme boredom is high for those who aren’t comfortable with silence, corpses, or a lack of company. David Fear, Rolling Stone, "‘The Vigil’: The Dybbuk Stops Here," 25 Feb. 2021 For families staying at home, keep boredom at bay with a fun, family-friendly puzzle from Puzzle Huddle. Akili King, Vogue, "90 Gifts From Black-Owned Businesses to Give This Year," 24 Feb. 2021 The grid grants a certain kind of freedom—freedom from darkness, freedom from cold or heat, even freedom from boredom. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Texas’s Power Grid Makes It Unfree," 21 Feb. 2021 One Texas man has been easing his pandemic boredom by creating a list of songs with a connection to every single day of the calendar year., "Express Briefing: Historic Black church site at San Pedro Creek integral to project, advocate says," 26 Jan. 2021 TikTok is one of the only things saving us from true boredom while so many of us are in quarantine. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "10 of the Most Liked TikTok Videos You Have to Watch," 17 Aug. 2020 For Eubanks, the most persistent symptom of his COVID experience was mind-numbing boredom. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Drew Eubanks on COVID-19: Take it seriously," 3 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of boredom

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boredom

bore entry 5 + -dom

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The first known use of boredom was in 1853

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4 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Boredom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored


bore·​dom | \ ˈbȯr-dəm How to pronounce boredom (audio) \

Kids Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored

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