sore

adjective
\ˈsȯr \
sorer; sorest

Definition of sore 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : causing emotional pain or distress a sore subject

b : physically tender (as from overuse or injury) : feeling or affected by pain : achy sore muscles limped on a sore leg felt sore all over

2 : attended by difficulties, hardship, or exertion

3 : angry, irked a sore loser

sore

noun

Definition of sore (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a localized sore spot on the body especially : one (such as an ulcer) with the tissues ruptured or abraded and usually with infection

2 : a source of pain or vexation : affliction

sore

adverb

Definition of sore (Entry 3 of 3)

: sorely

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Other Words from sore

Adjective

soreness noun

Examples of sore in a Sentence

Adjective

a dog limping on a sore leg The patient has a sore throat. That's a sore subject to bring up. The discussion touched on a sore spot. My neighbor is sore at me. Are you still sore about what happened last night?

Noun

He has a sore on his lip.

Adverb

I was sore afraid we'd never make it home.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My legs are a little sore every day and always tired. Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News, "Meet the San Antonio veteran hiking the whole 2,190.9-mile Appalachian Trail," 20 June 2018 Yeah, half of those — like sore breasts and cramps — are symptoms of PMS, too. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "Here’s When You Should Take a Pregnancy Test," 13 Sep. 2017 In a movie featuring performances as natural and winning as Tatum’s and Keough’s, MacFarlane’s bad-accented shtick, all loud and cartoony, is a sore thumb. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Logan Lucky Review: A Southern-Fried Ocean’s Eleven That Goes Down Easy," 26 July 2017 Neymar was forced to leave Brazil's training session in Sochi early on Tuesday with a sore ankle, according to team officials. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Neymar Leaves Practice With Ankle Injury, Expected To Train Before Costa Rica Match," 19 June 2018 Guerrero returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sonny Gray Solid As Yankees Down Blue Jays, 3-0, In 13 Innings," 7 June 2018 First-round linebacker Leighton Vander Esch didn’t practice on Wednesday with a sore ankle. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "5 takeaways from the Cowboys' last week of OTAs," 6 June 2018 The show has become a sore spot for New Jersey officials, with even then-Gov. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Mayor, chief of police say 'Jersey Shore' won't be filming in Wildwood," 6 July 2018 Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter For Nintendo Switch owners, Fortnite has been conspicuously absent and a bit of a sore spot for owners. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Fortnite Might Finally Make Its Way to the Nintendo Switch—And Soon," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photos of the newborn show an infant clinging to life covered in a patchwork of skin and sores. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Mom bathes 1-year-old son with rare skin disorder in bleach to keep him alive," 21 June 2018 At that point, the agency monitored at least two dozen factors, including how many residents had bed sores or were in serious pain. Donovan Slack, Usa Today, And Andrea Estes, USA TODAY, "Secret data: Most VA nursing homes have more residents with bed sores, pain, than private facilities," 25 June 2018 Lucila Pardo, 96, spent nearly four months in a sweltering nursing home that did not have power and developed bed sores by the time she was moved in early January to another home where electricity had been restored. Danica Coto, chicagotribune.com, "Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths," 12 June 2018 The woman, who was heavily sedated and motionless when police arrived, weighed about 80 pounds, appeared severely malnourished with sores all over her body, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Malnourished elderly Cleveland couple hospitalized after they were found locked in rooms at grandson's home," 15 May 2018 While eczema can be manageable, mainly through moisturizers to combat itching and drugs to fight inflammation and infections in open sores or cracked skin, there’s no cure for the condition. Korin Miller, SELF, "Wait, Is Eczema Contagious?," 11 May 2018 The illness can cause open sores (ulcers) anywhere in your digestive tract, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 2018 Lucila Pardo, 96, spent nearly four months in a sweltering nursing home that did not have power and developed bed sores by the time she was moved in early January to another home where electricity had been restored. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths," 13 June 2018 When the doctor, Oma Amadi, examines his mouth, it is filled with white sores from candidiasis, a fungal infection. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Anybody still sore over New Orleans' minor league baseball team changing its name to the Baby Cakes might enjoy this one. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Another name change for Baby Cakes? Yes, but for one night only," 25 Apr. 2018 And the crowd was satisfied, and left that place, sore amazed. George Saunders, The New Yorker, "Little St. Don," 19 Feb. 2016 Before the game, the Mets placed struggling relief pitcher A.J. Ramos (rotator cuff tendinitis) and infielder Wilmer Flores (sore back) on the disabled list. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Split a Double-Header, Somehow Losing the deGrom Start," 28 May 2018 These made my arm very sore and made some in our company very sick. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Sardiñas has sore back Infielder Luis Sardiñas, who entered Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers as a defensive replacement, reported having lower back pain after the game, manager Buck Showalter said. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Joey Rickard on Norfolk adjustments; Luis Sardiñas dealing with lower back pain," 29 Apr. 2018 But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sore

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sore

Adjective

Middle English sor, from Old English sār; akin to Old High German sēr sore and probably to Old Irish saeth distress

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More Definitions for sore

sore

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: feeling or affected by pain

: causing emotional pain or distress

: angry or upset

sore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sore or painful spot on the body

sore

adjective
\ˈsȯr \
sorer; sorest

Kids Definition of sore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very painful or sensitive : tender My muscles are sore from exercise.

2 : hurt or red and swollen so as to be or seem painful a sore throat

3 : causing emotional distress a sore subject

4 : angry Are you still sore with me?

Other Words from sore

sorely adverb She will be solely missed.
soreness noun

sore

noun

Kids Definition of sore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sore or painful spot on the body usually with the skin broken or bruised and often with infection

sore

adjective
\ˈsō(ə)r, ˈsȯ(ə)r \
sorer; sorest

Medical Definition of sore 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: causing, characterized by, or affected with pain : painful sore muscles a sore wound

Other Words from sore

sorely adverb
soreness noun

sore

noun

Medical Definition of sore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a localized sore spot on the body especially : one (as an ulcer) with the tissues ruptured or abraded and usually with infection

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