\ 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 Might have concussion, left eye a little blurry, cheek shollen (sic), sore neck and ribs. Fox News, "Wisconsin officials condemn violence after chaos grips Capitol, state senator shares video of alleged attack," 24 June 2020 The Lordstown facility, formerly a General Motors manufacturing site, has been a sore spot for Trump in Ohio following Trump’s promise to a Youngstown crowd that factory jobs were coming back to the area. cleveland, "Mike DeWine won’t join Mike Pence in Lordstown, didn’t ask VP to wear mask during Thursday visit," 23 June 2020 Our bad posture, long hours at a desk, and chronic hunch to gaze into our phones means our bodies can get tight and sore from doing almost nothing with them. Popular Science, "Fascia-busting products for rolling out your sore muscles," 8 Oct. 2019 But Fournier's response stuck out like a sore thumb. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State president rebukes athletic director's statement: Athletes can protest, kneel," 17 June 2020 During the Middle Ages, it became known as a useful meat preservative and a treatment for coughs, arthritis and sore throats. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A mix of honey and cinnamon may have some health benefits, more studies needed," 15 June 2020 Pennsylvania remains a sore point for many Democrats. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Democrats aim hard for Pennsylvania after 2016 whiff by Hillary Clinton," 11 June 2020 Eggers was safe, minus sore muscles, some bruises and scrapes. oregonlive, "For Milwaukie mountain biker, preparation, swift rescue response were essential when lost in wilderness," 11 June 2020 Customers who do and don’t arrive wearing face masks have heated exchanges, and social distancing can erupt into another sore point. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's ice cream makers rely on pints, carryout and new flavors as an unusual summer begins," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Children became weak, feverish and congested, with red eyes and painful sores in their mouths, all with the telltale rash of measles. Leslie Roberts, Scientific American, "Why Measles Deaths Are Surging—and Coronavirus Could Make it Worse," 8 Apr. 2020 Whether your feet are sore from running, your neck is achy from sitting at work or your lower back feels sore from too many chores, an electric massager is an on-demand relief device, designed to loosen up and relax your muscles. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "Best electric massagers for the back and neck, according to experts," 13 May 2020 Fact check:Are foot sores a new symptom of COVID-19? Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Antibody testing ramps up; Trump's medical advice draws blowback," 25 Apr. 2020 In Brooklyn, Lauren Sellers grinds her teeth at night; there are sores in her mouth from the stress. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless," 25 Apr. 2020 According to news reports at the time, Hollingsworth was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale November 2008 when the vasculitis was causing pain in and sores on her hands and feet. sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida court overturns $15.5 million verdict for amputee in medical malpractice case, orders new trial," 12 June 2019 Proning does come with some risks, such as pressure sores and dislodging of an endotracheal tube (a flexible plastic tube placed through the mouth and inserted into the windpipe to help a patient breathe), says Dr. Peled. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "'Proning' Is a Promising Treatment for Coronavirus—Here's How It Works," 21 Apr. 2020 Given his broken finger, his fragile knees, his sore back and achy feet, not to mention his chronic agita, Bryant can't sit in a car for two hours. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "The Sikorsky S-76B was built to carry VIPs like Kobe Bryant. Here's what we know about the helicopter," 28 Jan. 2020 Injury updates After missing Friday's game in Atlanta, Antetokounmpo got in a mid-day workout to assess the state of his sore back. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 111, Magic 100: With Giannis out, Ersan Ilyasova delivers another winning performance," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There was Enes Kanter outlasting a Ramadan fast and sore left shoulder to record 12 points and 13 rebounds. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: CJ McCollum roasts Denver Nuggets on Mother’s Day, pushing Portland to Western Conference finals," 30 Mar. 2020 Aaron Holiday, starting with Victor Oladipo (sore back) out, couldn't make an open shot. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Toronto Raptors send 'wake-up call' to Indiana Pacers with embarrassing blowout," 24 Feb. 2020 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

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Sore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sore. Accessed 3 Jul. 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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