bore·dom | \ˈbȯr-dəm \

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

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According to court documents, the defense claimed the suspect was mentally ill and had acted out of boredom. Washington Post, "Israel convicts hacker who threatened US Jewish centers," 28 June 2018 Activities to prevent boredom such as sing-a-longs, quizzes and art work are offered for both caregivers and those with dementia. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 Eventually, whether to preserve his waning machismo or simply out of boredom, Coolidge retired Thunderbolt, who is now immortalized at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 Either the actress is constantly dipping under the hair bowl for roles, suffers from frequent hair boredom like the rest of us, or has her pulse on the biggest beauty trends. Samantha Sasso,, "Daisy Ridley Is The Latest Star To Try This 2018 Hair Trend," 9 Mar. 2018 And yet, The Lighthouse still feels like a slog at times due to the all too realistic depiction of the boredom and repetition that inevitably figures in the story. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Nor are feelings of boredom and pointless activity confined to the arena of work. The Economist, "Are you stuck in a “bullshit job”?," 31 May 2018 Our time on Earth is too short for second-hand boredom. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Watching my kids watch other kids do nothing," 26 Apr. 2018 Really, the ongoing debate over whether to trade Abreu is no debate at all, a product of sports media’s endless quest for Web clicks, ratings points and boredom cures. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored


bore·dom | \ˈbȯr-dəm \

Kids Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored

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