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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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 denim looks of summer 2019 are anything but boring! Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Take Your Summer Denim Up a Notch With These Key Pieces," 13 June 2019 There’s one story that became repetitive and boring. . Washington Post, "This legendary newspaper ad for a hand-carved throne ran for six years. Then a pub bought it: ‘It’s finally over!!!!!!’," 5 June 2019 After promoting GoT and Dark Phoenix back-to-back, walking the carpet in L.A. last night was basically just another day for Turner, but her look was anything but boring. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Is a Total Bombshell in Paco Rabanne at the Chasing Happiness Premiere with Joe Jonas," 4 June 2019 Jo: When a room is feeling bare and boring, what’s your go-to for making it more fun? Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Designers Spill Their Secrets to Creating Rooms That Blow You Away," 20 May 2019 For some, the color says clean, sleek, and modern, while others merely see blank and boring. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 Their style and choreography makes their performances anything but boring. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who is BLACKPINK? Everything You Need To Know About The K-Pop Girl Group Topping Charts," 19 Apr. 2019 This modified Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega CycloneShock Blaster renders previous mods benign and boring. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 Was Nintendo breaking down the sinewy tissue of age-old JRPGs in a way that seems boring in a crowded expo hall but might prove perfect for a lengthy, semi-portable adventure? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 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 How to pronounce boring (audio) \

Kids Definition of boring

: dull and uninteresting

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