bor·​ing ˈbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce boring (audio)
: causing weariness and restlessness through lack of interest : causing boredom : tiresome
a boring lecture
boringly 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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Word History


from present participle of bore entry 6

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boring was in 1785

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“Boring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bor·​ing ˈbō(ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce boring (audio)
: causing boredom : uninteresting, tedious
boringly adverb

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