- of or like a boor; unmannered; crude; insensitive.
Origin of boorish
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coarse, uncouth, loutish, churlish.
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.
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Examples from the Web for boorishness
More troubling is a weakness for the company of the super-rich and a reputation for boorishness.Good Riddance to Prince Andrew’s Day Job!
July 23, 2011
She looked up, so happily, that I began to reproach myself for my boorishness.The Wasted Generation
The boorishness of New York is now what impresses the British tourist.
Yet shall I find Sir Percival and make him pay for the boorishness of his page.In the Court of King Arthur
We should have boorishness accounted manliness, and impudence wit.The Potiphar Papers
George William Curtis
To accuse him of ignorance or boorishness would have been absurd.The Magnificent Adventure
- ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude
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Word Origin and History for boorishness
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