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[boo r-ish] /ˈbʊər ɪʃ/
of or like a boor; unmannered; crude; insensitive.
Origin of boorish
First recorded in 1555-65; boor + -ish1
Related forms
boorishly, adverb
boorishness, noun
coarse, uncouth, loutish, churlish.
Synonym Study
Boorish, oafish, rude, uncouth all describe persons, acts, manners, or mannerisms that violate in some way the generally accepted canons of polite, considerate behavior. Boorish, originally referring to behavior characteristic of an unlettered rustic or peasant, now implies a coarse and blatant lack of sensitivity to the feelings or values of others: a boorish refusal to acknowledge greetings. Oafish suggests slow-witted, loutlike, clumsy behavior: oafish table manners. Rude has the widest scope of meaning of these words; it suggests either purposefully impudent discourtesy or, less frequently, a rough crudity of appearance or manner: a rude remark; a rude thatched hut. Uncouth stresses most strongly in modern use a lack of good manners, whether arising from ignorance or brashness: uncouth laughter; an uncouth way of staring at strangers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for boorish
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  • I repeat, it was an occasion when it would have been boorish in me to refuse to meet them halfway.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • This was why you were so—so boorish and disagreeable in that shop.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But the hour comes when they turn from their boorish company to higher things.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • In other words, there are some people who would be boorish under any circumstances.

  • I regret to say that so far he is as rough and boorish as ever.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for boorish


ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude
Derived Forms
boorishly, adverb
boorishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boorish

1560s, from boor (n.) + -ish. Related: Boorishly; boorishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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