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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 boors
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  • I understood; and, without taking leave of the two boors, I left the room.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I am a poet, and play upon the tympani; the conductor and the orchestra are boors.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Mention them in English, and we are at once boors and churls.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • I felt it that first evening, when we behaved toward her like a couple of boors.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Now I would ask, why could these naturalists not let the nomenclature of the boors alone?

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • But we shall name him, as the boors have done, a “wild hound.”

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Times of action make princes into peasants, and boors into barons.

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • And just because they themselves are cattle, horses, boors, who don't understand the tailor's art!

    Yiddish Tales Various
  • The boors dined in a room by themselves during the rest of their stay.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • They could be no other than blue-bucks, or blauw-boks in the language of the boors.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for boors


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 boors



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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