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.
Recent Examples on the Web After a stormy, dependent youth, the wind-and-solar-energy industries have matured into boring, profitable middle age. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Why Investors Have Learned to Love Wind and Solar Power," 6 July 2020 For far too long, many mainstream TV shows and movies have perpetuated racial stereotypes that can be hurtful, damaging and downright boring. Alex Darus, cleveland, "13 TV shows that break racial stereotypes," 6 July 2020 The idea is for baseball to help us through these boring and scary times, to lift our spirits. Scott Ostler,, "Giants’ camp opener not ‘great and fluffy,’ but close enough," 3 July 2020 Next to Tiger King or Making a Murderer, a couple of the episodes feel downright boring. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries Is Nothing Like Tiger King—And That's a Good Thing," 1 July 2020 If there is no competition at all, working out just gets repetitive and boring. Ben Thomas |, al, "‘That quick it was gone:’ Mobile minor league players react to season cancellation news," 30 June 2020 Still, there are only so many topics to debate in an NBA locker room, and at least this one wasn’t boring. Mike Finger,, "Davis Bertans makes a choice; will others follow?," 23 June 2020 Working in Colorado over several summers, the researchers set up a pair of feeders for their experiments—one containing that delicious sugar water and one just containing boring old water. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Experiments show hummingbirds see colors you’ve never dreamed of," 19 June 2020 So in her sister’s memory, Carr said the family wants to help show kids that science and technology aren’t boring. Dallas News, "Atatiana Jefferson’s family to launch project in her name encouraging kids to pursue STEM careers," 18 June 2020

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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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The first known use of boring was in 1785

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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce boring (audio)

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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