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sore

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adjective \ ˈsȯr \

Definition of sore

sorer; sorest
1 a :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

soreness

noun

Examples of sore in a Sentence

  1. a dog limping on a sore leg

  2. The patient has a sore throat.

  3. That's a sore subject to bring up.

  4. The discussion touched on a sore spot.

  5. My neighbor is sore at me.

  6. Are you still sore about what happened last night?

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Origin and Etymology of sore

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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sore

noun

Definition of sore

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

Examples of sore in a Sentence

  1. He has a sore on his lip.

Recent Examples of sore from the Web

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First Known Use of sore

before 12th century


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sore

adverb

Definition of sore

Examples of sore in a Sentence

  1. I was sore afraid we'd never make it home.

Recent Examples of sore from the Web

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First Known Use of sore

before 12th century



SORE Defined for English Language Learners

sore

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adjective

Definition of sore for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or affected by pain

  • : causing emotional pain or distress

  • : angry or upset


sore

noun

Definition of sore for English Language Learners

  • : a sore or painful spot on the body


SORE Defined for Kids

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sore

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adjective \ ˈsȯr \

Definition of sore for Students

sorer; sorest
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?

sorely

adverb
  • She will be solely missed.

soreness

noun

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sore

noun

Definition of sore for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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sore

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adjective \ ˈsō(ə)r, ˈsȯ(ə)r \

medical Definition of sore

sorer; sorest
:causing, characterized by, or affected with pain :painful
  • sore muscles
  • a sore wound

sorely

adverb

soreness

noun

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sore

noun

medical Definition of sore

: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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