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.

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The ongoing saga proclaiming Tom’s Diner to be a historic structure helps explain the explosion of bland, boring and slot-home ugly buildings throughout Denver. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A stay-at-home strategy to combat gun violence (8/10/19)," 11 Aug. 2019 If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "To be your most interesting self, get good at being bored," 10 Aug. 2019 Miller, in his eighth year in the league, is painfully boring to many in the fantasy community, but for those just looking for a reliable RB in the middle rounds after going for upside early on, boring could be beautiful. Des Bieler,, "The top fantasy football running backs to draft in 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 Boarding a flight can be a bit boring — but not if your plane employs this flight attendant. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Southwest Airlines flight attendant surprises boarding passengers from overhead bin," 1 Aug. 2019 So The Draw was ridiculously boring to watch and fatuously vapid as well. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "CNN’s debate draft special shows cable news has learned nothing from 2016," 21 July 2019 These changes sound really boring, but for an artist, that’s humungous. Joey Nolfi,, "Iggy Azalea is finally at peace on In My Defense, whether you like it or not," 19 July 2019 Dell’s Inspiron 13 5000 and Inspiron 15 7000 laptops prove consumer doesn’t have to be boring. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell brings fancy features to the Inspiron 15 7000 and Inspiron 13 5000," 28 May 2019 And no one wants to receive a text with just boring old words anymore. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "World Emoji Day: Emoticons are the best, but finding the right one is the absolute worst," 17 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce boring (audio) \

Kids Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting

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