\ ˈsȯr How to pronounce sore (audio) \
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)

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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 Brown hobbled Celtics forward Jaylen Brown missed Wednesday’s game because of a sore ankle. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Celtic Jae Crowder filling leadership role for Grizzlies," 22 Jan. 2020 That his incarceration has dragged on so long, his health is failing, and little action has been taken on the part of the U.S. government to bring Whelan home is a sore spot for his family. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, "Paul Whelan and family continue to fight a year after he's accused of spying in Russia," 22 Jan. 2020 The downturn is a sore spot in an otherwise healthy U.S. economy and a potential weakness for President Trump, who promised to bring back blue-collar jobs. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "U.S. manufacturing was in a mild recession during 2019, a sore spot for the economy," 17 Jan. 2020 However, with Jones’ sore ankle still bothering him, Manning is expected to get another opportunity in what could be his last start in a Giants’ uniform. oregonlive, "New York Giants vs Miami Dolphins: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 15 Dec. 2019 Leroy, who worked little during the week because of a very sore ankle, carried the ball 29 times and gained 84 yards and scored twice. Rich Exner, cleveland, "This is what happened when Paul Brown’s Bengals played Cleveland for the first time: Browns Flashback," 3 Dec. 2019 Trey Hill and Cade Mays are expected to play with sore ankles. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 12 SEC football betting preview," 16 Nov. 2019 Grizzlies: G Grayson Allen missed his second game with a sore left ankle. Cay Bailey, Twin Cities, "Brooks, Morant help Grizzlies beat Timberwolves 137-121," 6 Nov. 2019 On offense, the running game has produced 89 yards combined the past two weeks, and Mahomes has played below par — for him — while hobbled by a sore ankle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chiefs’ run defense making opposing backs look like stars," 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pictures taken at the hospital of the boy showed pressure sores on his legs. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Lawsuit filed in horrific Shelby County abuse case of adoptive son kept in basement," 27 Dec. 2019 Between the sores and the crust, the two types of impetigo have a lot of grossness in common. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 Syphilis: This bacterial infection proceeds in stages starting with painless sores on the genitals, rectum, or mouth, then eventually transforming into a rash that may come along with issues like fever or a sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 Plus, Vietnam is still festering, a huge sore on the country. Dallas News, "Author Lisa Sandlin talks 'The Bird Boys,' mystery writing and why Beaumont is a fine locale for noir," 23 July 2019 The Buffalo loss was an eye-sore because the offense struggled to get first downs. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Status Report: No match against division champs," 15 Dec. 2019 Love sat out with a sore back aggravated in Dallas on Friday. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers erase six-game losing streak, win 110-104 against Portland Trail Blazers," 24 Nov. 2019 Most of the animals were infested with fleas and sores and needed immediate medical attention, Saucedo said. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "15 dogs, 3 cats found tethered to stakes outside southeast Houston home," 8 Nov. 2019 But by the time the owner of the care home sent her to the hospital in an ambulance, the severe pressure sores and bite marks from rats gnawing on her flesh spoke for themselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Elderly often face neglect in California care homes," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb No more walking with my toes crunched up or feeling constricted because the shoe has no flexibility in the toe area (which makes my toes sore). Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Over 1,000 People Love These Comfy Adidas Sneakers That Feel Like a ‘Comfort Pod for Your Foot’," 2 Dec. 2019 Injury report: Rockets: Forward Danuel House Jr. (sore left shoulder) is questionable. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Scouting report: Rockets vs. Mavericks," 23 Nov. 2019 Or maybe your feet are just sore from running to your gate to catch your flight. Kate Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "20 things you need to survive a long day of travel," 25 Oct. 2019 The Sailors were shorthanded, without senior starters Makoto Kenney (broken finger) and Tommy Kennedy (sore back). Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "High School Male Athlete of the Week: Reed Stemler excels at his job for Newport Harbor water polo," 28 Sep. 2019 Is your shoulder sore from driving pipes through everybody on our team?’’ Carl Everett did McHale one better. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Having fun with nicknames is a storied sports tradition," 15 Aug. 2019 Ryan Grant, recovered from sore back, had three catches for 32 yards out of the slot after taking a back seat to rookie Hunter Renfrow throughout camp. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Top eight takeaways from Raiders’ win over Rams," 10 Aug. 2019 But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2018 But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of sore was before the 12th century

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sore. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: feeling or affected by pain
: causing emotional pain or distress
chiefly US, informal : angry or upset

sore

noun

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

: a sore or painful spot on the body
\ ˈsȯr How to pronounce sore (audio) \
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.

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
\ ˈsō(ə)r, ˈsȯ(ə)r How to pronounce sore (audio) \
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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