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

In an interview Tuesday, Hilton said Hunter was complaining about a sore back and neck. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Tracie Hunter says being dragged from courtroom left her 'in great pain'," 23 July 2019 Board members who are being sued cast those suing as sore losers. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Judge temporarily throws out lawsuit between Wayne State board members," 12 July 2019 Houston Astros pitcher Ken Giles might be feeling a bit sore Wednesday morning. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Astros pitcher takes out frustrations by punching himself in the face | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 CdM played without its starting running back, junior Jason Vicencio, who O’Shea said had a sore neck following last week’s scrimmage at Tesoro. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Ethan Garbers throws a county-record 8 touchdowns as Corona del Mar football routs Downey," 24 Aug. 2019 Painting on sinister clown makeup or sporting sore-covered masks not your thing? Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, "Fright Nights scares up more screams with expanded schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 The dam, named Itaipu, is still a sore subject in Paraguay. The Economist, "A secret hydropower deal with Brazil causes a political crisis in Paraguay," 22 Aug. 2019 The New Britain Avenue farm has been a sore subject in town for years, but that could change if Rocky Hill voters approve a $7.2 million bond for the town to purchase the property during November’s election. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Town purchase of Straska Farm in Rocky Hill heads to referendum," 21 Aug. 2019 Hinch said Correa and Sanchez are done for the month because of the nature of their injuries – back discomfort for Correa, a sore right pectoral for Sanchez – and the approach of the September expanded rosters. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Carlos Correa, Aaron Sanchez out until September," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Syphilis: If your partner has chancres (firm, round sores) that aren’t covered by the condom, the infection can spread to you. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "19 Condom Mistakes You Don't Want to Make," 29 Aug. 2019 Perhaps a triple-double is in sore for Westbrook at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "NBA Schedule Released: Westbrook's Return to OKC, LeBron vs. Kawhi Lead Matchups," 12 Aug. 2019 That wasn't the case for one man, whose hand sores led to a case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "The Large, Painful Sores on This Man's Hands Were Caused By An Extremely Rare Inflammatory Disease," 31 July 2019 The vet team later discovered that the poodle was also suffering from hookworms and skin sores. Fox News, "Neglected dog gets adopted after 'Cinderella' makeover," 28 July 2019 Both men are big deals and political sore thumbs in their separate worlds. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, "Tim McGraw sings. Jon Meacham talks. This is not your regular book tour.," 22 July 2019 Artruc left the hospital by Tuesday evening sore and with several scratches, but otherwise okay. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Driver Suffers Only Minor Injuries After His Car Was Launched into the Air and Slid Under a Truck," 17 July 2019 To demonstrate, John Plant, the YouTuber behind the channel Primitive Technologies, flashes his torn up mitts for the camera, scratching at the yellow sores on his already dirty and calloused hands. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 The 1-year-old dog weighed less than 20 pounds, was extremely dehydrated and had sores on his hips and knees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA highlights work of animal abuse unit, encourages the public to watch over neighbor pets," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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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