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[bawr, bohr] /bɔr, boʊr/
the uncastrated male swine.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, especially full-grown:
a boar cat.
Origin of boar
before 1000; Middle English boor, Old English bār; cognate with Dutch beer, Old High German bêr < West Germanic *baira-, perhaps akin to Welsh baedd
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore. Unabridged
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  • Perhaps the boar's Head had something to do with it, but certainly the footman had.

  • Aren't you going to give me some of the boar's head with pistachio nuts?

  • If every bear and boar were kept in a den—what a fine world this would be.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • In hot, sultry weather the boar may be run down by the hounds and captured.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • The oaths were ratified by the sacrifice of a bull, a wolf , a boar, and a ram over a shield.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The boar, watching its fate, squealed, and the python advanced.

  • When it falls to the ground it breaks in pieces, and out comes the boar.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Guingamor told him his story, and showed him the boar's head, and turned to go back.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • The story of the boar and the tortoise too, can be traced back to the Vedic literature.

British Dictionary definitions for boar


an uncastrated male pig
See wild boar
Word Origin
Old English bār; related to Old High German bēr
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Word Origin and History for boar

Old English bar "boar," from West Germanic *bairaz (cf. Old Saxon ber, Dutch beer, Old High German ber), of unknown origin with no cognates outside West Germanic. Applied in Middle English to persons of boar-like character.

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