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[boo r] /bʊər/
a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.
a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel.
Origin of boor
1545-55; < Dutch boer or Low German būr (cognate with German Bauer farmer), derivative of Germanic *bū- to dwell, build, cultivate; see -er1; cf. bond2
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore.
1. lout, oaf, boob, churl, philistine, vulgarian. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for boor
Historical Examples
  • It was as well I did not: the boor would not have known what I meant.

  • Am I Vicomtesse of Lavedan, or the wife of a boor of the countryside?

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • On the other hand, Steve felt a boor for having sent the books.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • Some have no veneer like this boor, and some have the polish, but they are all the same underneath.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • It was plain to every eye, moreover, that he was a gentleman and no boor.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Indeed, without it only a boor or a saint can be really comfortable.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • He may be a boor, but Plutus lends a charm which eclipses the grace of Apollo.

    Humanity in the City E. H. Chapin
  • God curse the day you sent me to Calais, a gentleman's son, to be beat by a boor!'

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • This was sternly denied, and they were ordered to appear at the house of the boor.

    The Mission; or Scenes in Africa Captain Frederick Marryat
  • He was behaving like a boor; but it was better that she should think him one.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for boor


an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person
Word Origin
Old English gebūr; related to Old High German gibūr farmer, dweller, Albanian būr man; see neighbour
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Word Origin and History for boor

13c., from Old French bovier "herdsman," from Latin bovis, genitive of bos "cow, ox." Re-introduced 16c. from Dutch boer, from Middle Dutch gheboer "fellow dweller," from Proto-Germanic *buram "dweller," especially "farmer," from PIE *bhu-, from root *bheue- (see be). Original meaning was "peasant farmer" (cf. German Bauer, Dutch boer, Danish bonde), and in English it was at first applied to agricultural laborers in or from other lands, as opposed to the native yeoman; negative connotation attested by 1560s (in boorish), from notion of clownish rustics. Related: Boorishness.

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