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

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Though, Nate admits, this one is less a fiery hatred than a sense of boredom. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Top 10 Home Trends Designers Secretly Hate," 9 May 2019 Some say the genesis of bull riding involved lots of boredom and alcohol. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Was your childhood super dramatic and filled with onstage triumphs, heart-wrenching rejections, and that sort of thing—or filled with the tedium and boredom of rehearsals and practice and all that? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Opera Star Isabel Leonard on Singing for Sesame Street, Dancing to Pitbull, And Performing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court," 1 Feb. 2019 Sure, a candy bar at noon is the same as a candy bar at midnight, but interval eating can be helpful for people who have a difficult time managing boredom bites. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Goddard also skimps on the humor and witty banter, instead adopting a languid, dour tone that invites boredom. J.r. Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "‘Bad Times at the El Royale’: First-rate cast checks in, but plot twists fizzle out," 8 Oct. 2018 The film is legendary for its fly-on-the-wall, real-time documentation of the Rolling Stones in the studio cutting the title song, replete with awkward silences, stifling boredom—and thrilling creative breakthroughs. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "3 Newly Released Rock Documentaries Might Be Your Cup of Escapist Tea This Weekend," 28 Sep. 2018 Or maybe that character was solely a product of his mind-set in an hour of boredom. Peter Hellman, WSJ, "‘Tasting the Past’ Review: Uncorking the World," 2 Aug. 2018 No excuse for boredom No matter your age or interest, there's really no reason to feel bored on a Carnival cruise. Lydia Schrandt, USA TODAY, "What makes the "World's Most Popular Cruise Line" so successful?," 2 Apr. 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 How to pronounce boredom (audio) \

Kids Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored

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