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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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 But with convenience comes boredom, and a sudden, panicked awareness of your finite amount of time here, here being anywhere. Bridget Read, Vogue, "She Would Have Loved This," 26 Oct. 2018 Some people have found collecting my work to be therapeutic and even helpful with counteracting addictions, depression, boredom, et cetera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s Your First Look At Cult-Favorite Dishware Designer Rae Dunn’s New Book," 10 Sep. 2018 Her brother and sisters, however, all longed for something to relieve their crippling boredom. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018 Golden State is well beyond its regular season boredom, and the Rockets now have the Warriors’ full attention. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Five Thoughts: Are the Warriors Simply Too Much For the Rockets?," 14 May 2018 Accidents without injury merely reiterate our boredom. Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic, "J.G. Ballard’s Eerily Accurate Dystopias," 14 Mar. 2018 Humans on Mars, especially before a full human colony is established, would have to grapple with a sense of extreme isolation — and boredom. Washington Post, "Chicago airport plan is 1 of many Musk dream projects," 15 June 2018 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

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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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