sore

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adjective

sorer; sorest
1
a
: 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
soreness noun

sore

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noun

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

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adverb

: sorely

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
His ankle was sore after the game, but that was to be expected. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2022 But if your arm wasn’t sore after the shot, don’t worry – the vaccine still elicits robust immune responses regardless of side effects, researchers say. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 25 Oct. 2022 Prater was sore Monday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2022 In the video footage, Garrett flexes his right arm and states his biceps are sore. Tom Withers, ajc, 27 Sep. 2022 It’s the rest of his 34-year-old body that will be sore after absorbing a pounding and having three passes intercepted. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 This decadent bath soak from goop features a blend of apple cider vinegar, Epsom salt, and tumeric to relax and soothe sore muscles. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2022 After a morning workout with his trainer Dr. Zaki Afzal, Waller receives a full body massage, asking the masseuse to incorporate Icy Hot products that'll relieve his sore muscles throughout the morning. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 The cork provides just enough resistance and density to roll out sore muscles after exercise to help with recovery and injury prevention. Maggie Slepian, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022
Noun
There's also the potential for misdiagnosis since some monkeypox patients have had only a single lesion or sore in their mouth or genitals. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 22 Sep. 2022 On the tree carrying the disease-resistant gene, a gray, dime-size sore swelled up at the site of the quarter-inch incision - an infection from which the tree would recover. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 Also, a sore that either won’t heal or heals and then returns needs to be addressed. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 17 Aug. 2022 The sore on the bottom right of Magallanes' tongue had been there since September 2019. The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2022 Intimate contact has to include direct, and usually prolonged, interaction with an infected sore, rash or lesion, but Burstin said such markings may not always be obvious, especially at the beginning of an infection. Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Photo above: In a 2003 file photo, 3-year-old Schyan Kautzer of Dorchester, Wisconsin, shows a sore on her right index finger. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2022 The team tested their sensors on skin taken from pigs, a standard prototype tissue for studying open injuries, which had been scored with small incisions to simulate a sore. Max G. Levy, Wired, 23 Feb. 2022 The incident left Anderson with a bleeding hand, a sore, reddened back, and a broken fingernail, according to police. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022
Adverb
With undrafted rookie Isaiah Weston out for the season with a torn ACL and sixth-round pick Michael Woods II nursing a sore hamstring the past few weeks, Baldwin has been a pleasant surprise. cleveland, 21 Aug. 2022 Linderbaum left practice early on Thursday after coming up sore during a running drill. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2022 Rafael Devers was out of the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday night with a sore lower back and that likely will be the case on Sunday. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 The Sox lineup was no match for Chicago’s Mark Leiter Jr., who came in when a sore lower back forced starter Alec Mills out after seven pitches, the last a one-out Devers double in the first. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 All because election workers were doing their job and a bunch of sore-losing chuckleheads didn’t like the result. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Indiana was also without starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (rest), rookies Chris Duarte (sore left big toe) and Isaiah Jackson (headache), and second-year forward Jalen Smith (illness) against the Grizzlies. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2022 Reserve forward Keita Bates-Diop missed his second game in a row with a sore lower back. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 Poeltl, who is enjoying the best season of his six-year career with per-game averages of 13.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 blocks, returned to the court Monday after missing Saturday’s game against the Heat with a sore lower back. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English sor, from Old English sār; akin to Old High German sēr sore and probably to Old Irish saeth distress

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sore. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

sore 1 of 3

adjective

ˈsō(ə)r How to pronounce sore (audio)
ˈsȯ(ə)r
sorer; sorest
1
a
: causing pain or distress
a sore subject
b
: full of pain : tender
sore muscles
c
: hurt or red and swollen so as to be or seem painful
sore runny eyes
2
: accompanied by difficulties, hardship, or exertion
in a sore situation
3
: angry sense 1a
my friend is sore at me
soreness noun

sore

2 of 3

noun

1
: a sore spot on the body
especially : one (as an ulcer) with the tissues broken and usually infected
2
: a cause of pain : affliction

sore

3 of 3

adverb

: sorely

Medical Definition

sorer; sorest
: causing, characterized by, or affected with pain : painful
sore muscles
a sore wound
sorely adverb
soreness noun

sore

2 of 2

noun

: 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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