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 The other was a devoted belief that children would never learn to love reading if the only books they were given were boring. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Beverly Cleary Taught Us About Feeling Mortified," 30 Mar. 2021 The scientific names of plants (and all other life forms) may seem boring and nerdy – but there is no better way to properly discuss plants. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "6 Most Common Mistakes Rookie Foragers Make," 19 Mar. 2021 Often that means following opportunities that seem, well, boring. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "'Women are more strategic, men quicker to action': How women small business owners can grow," 10 Mar. 2021 Pretty colors are engaging, while gray is boring. Substitute. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Smartphone addiction ruins sleep, study says, but you can fight back," 2 Mar. 2021 The steady persistence needed to get ahead might start to seem boring and insufficiently challenging. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 6, 2021: Happy birthday Norman Reedus; Scorpio, inspiration may spark new project," 6 Jan. 2021 Events are centered around work and routine -- things that may seem boring to you on the surface. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for December 12, 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 Walking into an ice cream shop and ordering vanilla might seem boring. Ben Marks And Brett Angel, Star Tribune, "Resist over-indulging on the hot stock flavor of the moment," 14 Nov. 2020 This swimwear brand proves that minimalism and sustainability aren't the least bit boring. Taylor Ayers, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2021," 9 Feb. 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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16 Apr 2021

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