bore·​dom ˈbȯr-dəm How to pronounce boredom (audio)
: the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest
the boredom of a long car trip

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 The work was a bizarre mixture of utter boredom (fly-fishing data transfer) and exhilaration. Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 All participants agreed to abstain from social media for one week and respond to a set of daily questions assessing their loneliness, boredom, sadness, happiness, and feelings about social media. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 8 Nov. 2023 Tended to by an unseen babysitter, whose goofy boyfriend appears in the video instead, the teenager channels her vague sense of loneliness — and clear boredom — into frivolity. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2023 Some retirees have returned to work, due to the need for another income stream or out of boredom. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2023 The former Tesla engineer was born in Albania under a totalitarian communist regime, and credits boredom with helping to spark a curiosity for knowledge (even the slow internet speeds in her native country couldn’t stop her from tinkering with computers). Joseph Abrams, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2023 Bringing activity-specific gear, such as paddleboards and kayaks, or other entertainment like card games and books, can help fend off boredom on longer trips. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2023 Calvin and Elizabeth's neighbor Harriet, for instance, is no longer a nosy neighbor spying on Elizabeth out of boredom. Eliana Dockterman, TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 According to Ament, this batch of tunes was created out of pure boredom during the pandemic as he and Wicks were hunkered down in their respective residences in Montana. Kelli Skye Fadroski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


bore entry 5 + -dom

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boredom was in 1853

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“Boredom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bore·​dom ˈbō(ə)rd-əm How to pronounce boredom (audio)
: the state of being bored

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