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 boring (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 Perhaps because the alternatives to aliens are much more boring. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Shareholder votes have traditionally been mind-numbingly boring, requiring people go through dense paper documentation that typically goes in the garbage. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 21 May 2021 With this in mind, what dinosaurs were just plain boring? Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 The undisputed dominance of Jerry Jones’ empire is almost boring at this point — six straight years at the top will do that. David Moore, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 While Capparella's choice might be a bit boring, there'd never be a dull moment in contributor Jonathon Ramsey's 90K-mile Bentley Continental GT. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 9 Apr. 2021 The mainstream media both has Trump Derangement Syndrome and is desperate to have him back because everything is so boring now. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 8 Apr. 2021 But great actors—hamstrung by their obsessive attention to technique or their personal dignity, or both—are sometimes boring. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 2 Apr. 2021 When everyone knows their role, what can go wrong and how to respond, even the worst emergencies can be routine and, well, boring. Barry Moline, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Boring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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