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

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 Maybe boring, stable and resolute will be back en vogue next election. Scott Jennings, CNN, 26 July 2022 Enlarge / Mercedes could have gone with plain discs for wheel faces, but that would have been a bit boring. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 July 2022 Thinking, on its own, is surprisingly effortful and even a little bit boring, and people will do almost anything to avoid it. Matthew Baldwin, The Conversation, 30 Mar. 2022 Buying your mother flowers for Mother's Day is completely expected (and a bit boring), but what’s unexpected is a visually stunning coffee table book of intricate floral designs from 70 contemporary floral designers. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 25 Mar. 2022 The results, published in Royal Society Open Science, used a network science approach to study 26 years of soccer scores to determine whether or not soccer is actually becoming boring—or, at least much more predictable. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2022 In recent years, the standard bedroom set with a matching dresser, bed, and nightstands has been deemed a bit boring. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 However, we’ve also been brainwashed into thinking that in order to achieve this goal, fat loss methods require long, repetitive (i.e., boring) bouts on the elliptical, treadmill, or other cardio machines. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 13 July 2022 Your closet is sedate but not boring, prioritizing texture over color, and perfectly cut. Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Boring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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bor·​ing | \ ˈbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce boring (audio) \

Kids Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting

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