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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This can also bring up more dry, financial topics, which are boring but need to be dealt with, nonetheless. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Bubbling up from the revelations that are so routine as to become boring is that increasingly unavoidable fact: Facebook isn't for you. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Was Never Really For You," 19 Dec. 2018 Her closing statement? Veering classic doesn’t have to be boring. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Is Back in Action—And Looks Better Than Ever," 24 Apr. 2019 But doing rep after rep of 'em can get a bit, well, boring. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 And by boring and reinforcing the tunnel simultaneously, Musk thinks their custom machine can work 15 times faster than existing boring machines. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "I Went to the Opening of Elon Musk's First Boring Company Tunnel and Here Is What I Found," 19 Dec. 2018 In the same poll, 58% of respondents rated England’s summer game as equally boring. The Economist, "Major League Baseball makes a pitch to Britain," 10 May 2018 The tunnel boring machine, sort of a mechanical mole, will be brought to Louisville in pieces, carried by as many as 40 semi trucks. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "This massive machine will dig a new tunnel under Louisville. Watch how it will work," 29 Jan. 2018 Life would be boring if everybody’s crowns look the same. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kelly Rowland's New Music Video Shatters Beauty Standards," 6 Feb. 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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