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

Vulture is sore that Stark’s massive deal with the government pushed smaller cleanup crews (like the one Vulture owned) out of business; Mysterio is mad that Stark took too much credit for inventions and ideas dreamed up by other people. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 While President Donald Trump reached an agreement to restart talks with his top trade rival, China, at this week's G20 summit, Mexico and now India remain potential sore spots. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "The economic expansion just hit a record for the longest ever," 1 July 2019 Hembree said the elbow is merely sore, and expects to miss the minimum amount of time. David Ginsburg, courant.com, "Martinez hits 2 of Boston’s 6 HRs in 13-2 rout of Orioles," 15 June 2019 Connectivity, or lack thereof, is the biggest sore spot. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hong Kong’s New High-Speed Train Makes Day Trips to China So Much Easier," 30 May 2019 Besides, cold beverages do wonders when held against sore, worn-out forearms. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Everything You Need to Know Before Joining a Rock Climbing Gym," 20 June 2018 With Leonard clearly bothered by a sore knee and Toronto needing offense from role players, Green made six 3-pointers — matching Curry — to help pull the Raptors within two victories of their first title. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Ex-Spur Green still has perfect timing," 6 June 2019 No one played more games for Golden State this season than Thompson, who sat out once with an undisclosed illness and three times with a sore right knee. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors yet to determine hobbled Klay Thompson’s availability," 3 June 2019 Here’s what else to know for Nets-76ers, Game 1: BACKUP PLAN Jonah Bolden also has a sore left knee, leaving the Sixers with Boban Marjanovic, Greg Monroe and Amir Johnson as options if Embiid doesn’t play. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Bad knee makes Embiid doubtful for 76ers in Game 1 vs. Nets," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The family said that 82-year-old James Sharon suffered from bed sores, skin tears and multiple infections among other maladies while under the center’s care. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "These Colorado nursing homes were poorly rated and eligible for federal oversight. Until this week, nobody knew.," 13 June 2019 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

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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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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