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 The Italian had to pull out of the PGA Championship with a sore back. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, 18 June 2021 On June 22, Paula Nyberg, a 42-year-old office manager, woke up in pain, her body weak and sore. Isabella Gomes, baltimoresun.com, 18 June 2021 The Italian had to pull out of the PGA Championship with a sore back. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2021 The Good Stuff Botanicals has natural grooming products that include beard moisturizers, soothing, alcohol-free aftershave and natural pain relieving muscle salve for sore or over-worked muscles. oregonlive, 14 June 2021 Most scissors, at least when cutting thicker foods and materials, give some pushback and can make your hands sore and tired. Tim Kohut, BGR, 11 June 2021 The woman’s injuries included a sore neck and throat, from being choked, and a welt near an eye. cleveland, 10 June 2021 Position the four vibrating nubs on sore spots and turn it on. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Not to mention those eye-sore throwbacks in baby blue from the franchise’s days in Minneapolis. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An open sore that does not heal within three weeks Learn the ABCDEs of melanoma. Paige Stables, Allure, 25 May 2021 This year’s winner for a guarantee of a one month absence was the the sore or pulled hamstring. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 Fahrenheit as well as a skin ulcer (open sore or wound) at the site of the bite which may be very painful, says Dr. Marcos. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 18 May 2021 Cashmere throws should be strewn across welcoming armchairs like bandages on an oozing tweed sore. Paul Rudnick, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Nearly a third of Comer’s list touches on the border crisis, a potential political sore that is angering more and more Americans, according to polls. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 The sore could be infected, requiring a different approach to relief. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 30 Mar. 2021 Before departing, the Heat announced that forward Andre Iguodala would not travel, due to a sore let hip. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Day nipple balm for her sore, cracked nursing boobs, or stretch-mark cream (though those are nice things to get her on any regular day). Popular Science, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Bucks: Along with Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo (sore left Achilles tendon) was also listed in the pregame report as probable. Chron, 29 Apr. 2021 It can’t be ignored that the Pacers were without All-Star center Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) and center Myles Turner. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Gay missed Saturday’s win at New Orleans due to a sore lower back. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2021 In addition to not having Gordon and Ross, the Magic also played without Evan Fournier (groin strain) and James Ennis (sore left calf) and Cole Anthony (rib fracture). Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Mar. 2021 Jones’ sore back was painful to watch in Alabama’s hard-fought victory at South Carolina on Tuesday. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 14 Feb. 2021 Cleveland played without center Andre Drummond (sore lower back), who leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.1 per game. Brian Dulik, Star Tribune, 1 Feb. 2021 The Sixers tipped without four regular starters — All-Stars Ben Simmons (sore left knee) and Joel Embiid (back) due to injury, and Seth Curry and Tobias Harris over virus concerns. Dan Gelston, ajc, 9 Jan. 2021 The Sixers tipped without four regular starters — All-Stars Ben Simmons (sore left knee) and Joel Embiid (back) sat due to injury, and Seth Curry and Tobias Harris over virus concerns. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, 9 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Sore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sore. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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