- to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.
- a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
- a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.
Origin of bore1
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- to pierce (a solid substance) with some rotary cutting instrument.
- to make (a hole) by drilling with such an instrument.
- to form, make, or construct (a tunnel, mine, well, passage, etc.) by hollowing out, cutting through, or removing a core of material: to bore a tunnel through the Alps; to bore an oil well 3000 feet deep.
- Machinery. to enlarge (a hole) to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work.
- to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually followed by through or into); to force or make (a passage).
- to make a hole in a solid substance with a rotary cutting instrument.
- Machinery. to enlarge a hole to a precise diameter.
- (of a substance) to admit of being bored: Certain types of steel do not bore well.
Origin of bore2
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- simple past tense of bear1.
Examples from the Web for bored
Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities.Sia and Shia LaBeouf’s Pedophilia Nontroversy Over ‘Elastic Heart’
January 9, 2015
I was bored, but I grabbed a red Solo cup, filled it with beer, and stayed with my group, chatting with the brothers about Jim.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
I was suddenly so bored," he confesses, "I was underworked and overpaid.
"Then I came back to Panama again, sat down at my desk and was bored as hell," he says.
It was full of the sorts of people I used to be when I watched him on MuchMusic—bored, greasy-fingered teenagers.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
As nearly as she would admit, in view of his loss, he bored her with these things.
I stayed with Alderling nearly a week, and I will own that I bored myself.
I was bored by the length of the colloquy, and sat down on the table swinging my legs.My Double Life
With a gimlet I bored a hole in the floor, through which I passed a piece of string.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Suppose you get bored with me—as you have with the Liberal party?The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- to produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool
- to increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine
- (tr) to produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc
- (intr) informal (of a horse or athlete in a race) to push other competitors, esp in order to try to get them out of the way
- a hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc
- a circular hole in a material produced by drilling, turning, or drawing
- the diameter of such a hole
- the hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel
- the diameter of such a hollow part; calibre
- Australian an artesian well
- (tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting
- a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
- a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide
- the past tense of bear 1
Word Origin and History for bored
1823, past participle adjective from bore (v.) in the figurative sense.
Society is now one polished horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
[Byron, "Don Juan," 1823]
Old English borian "to bore through, perforate," from bor "auger," from Proto-Germanic *buron (cf. Old Norse bora, Swedish borra, Old High German boron, Middle Dutch boren, German bohren), from PIE root *bher- (2) "to cut with a sharp point, pierce, bore" (cf. Greek pharao "I plow," Latin forare "to bore, pierce," Old Church Slavonic barjo "to strike, fight," Albanian brime "hole").
The meaning "diameter of a tube" is first recorded 1570s; hence figurative slang full bore (1936) "at maximum speed," from notion of unchoked carburetor on an engine. Sense of "be tiresome or dull" first attested 1768, a vogue word c.1780-81 according to Grose; possibly a figurative extension of "to move forward slowly and persistently," as a boring tool does.
past tense of bear (v.).
thing which causes ennui or annoyance, 1778; of persons by 1812; from bore (v.1).
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. [Voltaire, "Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme," 1738]
- In fluid mechanics, a jump in the level of moving water, generally propagating in the opposite direction to the current. Strong ocean tides can cause bores to propagate up rivers.
- The white, shallow portion of a wave after it breaks. The bore carries ocean water onto the beach.
- A tidal wave caused by the surge of a flood tide upstream in a narrowing estuary or by colliding tidal currents.