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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
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  • And why am I a boor if I do not give her my seat, while she is considered a lady if she takes it without thanking me?

  • God curse the day you sent me to Calais, a gentleman's son, to be beat by a boor!'

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • He is a—a boor—who owns the adjoining mine, Mr. Wade classified him.

  • It was as well I did not: the boor would not have known what I meant.

  • To the quick perception and plastic imagination of the artist, our world reveals what the boor will never see.

  • On the other hand, Steve felt a boor for having sent the books.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • So I am not content to believe, with Mr. Sears, that the servant is a boor.

    In the Fog Richard Harding Davis
  • Indeed, without it only a boor or a saint can be really comfortable.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • He—the calm, gentlemanlike, Captain Rothesay—burst into a storm of passion that would have disgraced a boor.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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