bor·​ing | \ˈbȯr-iŋ \

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 \ 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 College Football Playoff race has been boring, with the same four teams holding the top spots for three weeks. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "AP Top 25 Podcast: Playoff talk, tough choices for committee," 21 Nov. 2018 The character also illustrates that neither black clothing nor men’s apparel has to be boring. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "American Horror Story fans are dressing like the show’s seductive Antichrist," 24 Oct. 2018 Car chargers are usually functional and necessary, but boring. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "This do-everything Bluetooth USB car charger is down to an all-time low at Amazon," 31 Aug. 2018 The first and most obvious is that the iPhone has become boring, trapped by the diminishing returns Apple can wring out of the device year after year. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Apple Watch stole the show from this year’s new iPhones," 15 Sep. 2018 And once again, Meghan proved a black suit doesn't have to be boring: Her Altuzarra blazer flared out at her hips while her pants were slim around her legs before flaring out at the bottom. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Sleek Black Altuzarra Suit for the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 For the children of the urban upper-middle class, the blue blocks have become ubiquitous and, in their ubiquity, boring. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 Sweden’s secret is that the team actually became more boring. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Sweden’s Secret to World Cup Success: Play More Boring," 3 July 2018 With the game becoming dreadfully boring, Russia substitute Artem Dzyuba ignited a small spark of excitement as his bullet header flew past a helpless Abdullah Almuaiouf to extend Russia's lead to three without reply., "Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia: Aleksandr Golovin Stars as Hosts Kick Start World Cup Campaign in Style," 14 June 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 \

Kids Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting

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