sore

adjective
\ 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)

: 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

On Friday, Detroit’s front office and Tigers fans were holding their breath and awaiting MRI results on a sore right shoulder after Mize exited early from his Thursday night start for the Erie SeaWolves. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "No. 1 pick Casey Mize’s early exit raises concerns for Detroit Tigers," 14 June 2019 In theory, a sore hamstring could limit a lot of what makes Klay so dangerous. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Four Pressing Questions Heading Into Game 4 of NBA Finals," 7 June 2019 His main outings are trips to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City for cortisone shots in his sore shoulders and checkups for emphysema and diabetes. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018 Buy Photo Swollen heel, sore hamstring; no problem. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Strath Haven's Dayo Abeeb wins District 1 triple jump title," 18 May 2018 After a visit to the trainer and some ice for his sore hamstring, Bright was all smiles. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Great competition leads to great performances at Myrhum Invitational," 6 May 2018 Gardenhire also said that center fielder Leonys Martin is dealing with a sore hamstring. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Cabrera (biceps), Martin (hamstring) sits vs. Rays," 30 Apr. 2018 CF Leonys Martin was out of the lineup with a sore hamstring but pinch ran in the ninth inning. ... Dave Hogg, OrlandoSentinel.com, "C.J. Cron, Brad Miller homer in ninth to lift Rays over Tigers 3-2," 30 Apr. 2018 Hill missed the last four games with a sprained left ankle and Calderon, Hill's replacement, missed the last two with a sore left hamstring. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "George Hill, Kyle Korver to start for Cavaliers against Knicks," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Open sores put you at a higher risk of infection, and could lead to long-lasting hyperpigmentation or worse, scarring. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites and Stop Itching ASAP," 18 Mar. 2019 Police arrested a Pennsylvania woman on Tuesday in connection with the death of her 83-year-old mother, who prosecutors said was found covered in feces and sores a couple of months before her death. Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman charged in mother's death after victim found covered in feces, ulcers," 5 June 2019 The 83-year-old woman was bruised, hungry, and covered in sores and open wounds, too many for doctors to count. Erin Mccarthy, https://www.inquirer.com, "Delaware County woman charged in death of elderly mom kept in 'deplorable’ conditions in Havertown home," 4 June 2019 The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 Change is coming to China’s pharmaceutical sector, as Beijing grapples with some persistent sores in the country’s health-care system. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Solving China’s Drugs-Price Problem Is Hurting Drugmakers," 7 Dec. 2018 In 2012, Smith had a bad bacterial infection, MRSA, from reusing needles, with sores covering her face and body. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 2018 For example, high rates of falls or bed sores may indicate understaffing or neglect. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018 These painful lesions present as blisters or sores that will have fluid or erupt, Dr. Bhuyan says. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Herpes and How Do I Know if I Have It?," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2018 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

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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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sore

adjective

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

sore

adjective
\ 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

sore

adjective
\ 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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