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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One dinner companion called them boring because of the lack of adornment. Michele Parente,, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 Your creativity surges and allows you to take a new look at what previously seemed boring and unimportant., "Horoscope," 20 June 2018 The call started out normal until the 32-minute mark, when Musk cut off analysts, called their questions boring, and then turned to a YouTube video blogger who was allowed on the call. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "4 Reasons Why Morgan Stanley Slashed Tesla's Price Target By 23%," 15 May 2018 As a result, the guests that played it safe — or safer — or opted for more subtlety, seemed boring by contrast. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 Scientologist, Trump supporter, and sometimes-actress Kirstie Alley tweeted about the objectively fascinating sport of curling on Monday, calling it boring. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "We Live in a World Where the USA Curling Team Just Came for Kirstie Alley," 20 Feb. 2018 Suddenly the song did seem boring, and sentimental, too. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Not after Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis spent 15 minutes shadowboxing in one of the most bizarre (and boring) UFC fights in the 25-year history of the company. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar cut cringy promo for a fight we don't need," 8 July 2018 This album is long on feels, short on bops, and gets boring. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "What Songs Should You Listen To on Scorpion?," 29 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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