bor·​ing | \ ˈbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce boring (audio) \

Definition of boring

: causing weariness and restlessness through lack of interest : causing boredom : tiresome a boring lecture

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Other Words from boring

boringly \ ˈbȯr-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce boringly (audio) \ adverb
boringness noun

Examples of boring in a Sentence

I find her books totally boring. I wish this book weren't so boring; I keep falling asleep whenever I try to read it.

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The whole thing is surprisingly not-boring, even though the very title Actors on Actors forces me to suppress a reflexive jerk-off motion. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 7 Dec. 2018 Discovered near Detroit in 2002, the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forrest Sellers,, "Indian Hill residents can help restore trees lost to emerald ash borer," 29 Mar. 2018 Check out this wedding-appropriate look: Get non-boring fashion and beauty news directly in your feed. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "8 Things You Should Never Wear to a Wedding," 7 Mar. 2018 The Digsau design provides an exterior envelope that’s fire- and moisture-resistant and impervious to wood-boring insects, Sanderson said. Diane Fiske,, "Couple creates an urban loft in the Delaware countryside," 6 Mar. 2018 Real talk: The camping experience is a bit boring for me. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Imagine Stargazing From These Inflatable Bubble Tents," 7 Feb. 2019 So many of these questions are so boring about female comedians or about age. Bridget Read, Vogue, "With Sally4Ever, Julia Davis’s Signature Comedy of Discomfort Lands Stateside," 9 Nov. 2018 School is very boring especially Hygiene & Bandaging classes. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 If Saturday goes as Barry Odom hopes, Missouri’s spring football game will be very boring. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Barry Odom hopes Mizzou's spring game is 'boring,' but here are reasons to watch | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of boring

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boring

from present participle of bore entry 6

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English Language Learners Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting : causing boredom


bor·​ing | \ ˈbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce boring (audio) \

Kids Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting

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