: an uncastrated male swine
: the male of any of several mammals (such as a guinea pig or bear)
boarish adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Invariably, many of these animals escaped and bred with nearby populations of feral pigs, creating a hybrid pig that combined the rough-and-tumble toughness of a boar with the intelligence and year-round fertility of a domestic pig. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 13 Mar. 2023 This set contains a double-sided wooden comb perfect for detangling different hair textures and a boar bristle brush. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 5 Mar. 2021 For hair that is easily damaged or dehydrated, a brush with boar bristles not only strengthens the hair over time but also distributes the oils from your scalp to your ends. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 28 Jan. 2023 Wiley adds that boar bristle brushes evenly distribute your hair's natural oils. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 The animals that will be able to adjust more easily to the rabbit’s more diplomatic, less direct communication style are the sheep, the dog and the boar. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2023 Known for their soft bristles, boar bristle brushes—like Raincry’s—combat frizz, add shine, and massage the scalp without damaging the hair. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 Pastas are made in-house and game meat is used in many dishes, including boar sausage, bison tartare and elk chops. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022 This boar course included celery root purée, venison sausage and mustard seed agrodolce. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English bor, from Old English bār; akin to Old High German & Old Saxon bēr boar

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Boar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈbō(ə)r How to pronounce boar (audio)
: a male pig
also : the male of any of several mammals (as a guinea pig or raccoon)

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