Origin of boor
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Examples from the Web for boor
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
On the other hand, Steve felt a boor for having sent the books.The Gorgeous Girl
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
- an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person
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.