boredom

noun
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 And some dogs are under-stimulated and simply follow you around out of boredom. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "How To Tell If You Have a "Velcro Dog," and Ways To Fix It," 29 Jan. 2020 Their boredom, one Republican senator suggested, had become a challenge to the prolific House managers' strategy. Laurie Kellman, Fortune, "Bored and weary senators openly flout basic guidelines during impeachment trial," 23 Jan. 2020 Their boredom, one Republican senator suggested, had become a challenge to the prolific House managers’ strategy. Laurie Kellman, BostonGlobe.com, "24 hours in, senators flout quaint impeachment rules," 23 Jan. 2020 Their boredom, one Republican senator suggested, had become a challenge to the prolific House managers' strategy. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Impeachment-weary senators flout behavior guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum," 23 Jan. 2020 The beat inspires me to keep going and keeps my mind off my shaking muscles or my boredom with my same-old running route. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Best Workout Songs For 2020: Everyone’s Favourite Hits To Sweat To," 14 Jan. 2020 As the seconds tick by, her boredom transforms sunbathers around her into characters from a dream. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The 21st Annual Animation Show of Shows': Film Review," 25 Dec. 2019 Eager to find another outlet to stay in shape and cure his boredom, Bello heard about a beginner’s football camp and decided to attend. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU senior lineman Abdul Bello grateful for journey from Nigeria to Tallahassee despite highs, lows," 13 Nov. 2019 During oral arguments, his face and speech regularly betray shades of boredom, humor, contrariness, wit, and irritation, and Roberts offered his full range before noon yesterday. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Keeping up with impeachment and SCOTUS chief John Roberts," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boredom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boredom. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for boredom

boredom

noun
How to pronounce boredom (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored

boredom

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

Kids Definition of boredom

: the state of being bored

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