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sore

[sawr, sohr] /sɔr, soʊr/
adjective, sorer, sorest.
1.
physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part:
a sore arm.
2.
suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person:
He is sore because of all that exercise.
3.
suffering mental pain; grieved, distressed, or sorrowful:
to be sore at heart.
4.
causing great mental pain, distress, or sorrow:
a sore bereavement.
5.
causing very great suffering, misery, hardship, etc.:
sore need.
6.
Informal. annoyed; irritated; offended; angered:
He was sore because he had to wait.
7.
causing annoyance or irritation:
a sore subject.
noun
8.
a sore spot or place on the body.
9.
a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.
adverb
10.
Archaic. sorely.
Origin of sore
900
before 900; Middle English (adj., noun, and adv.); Old English sār; cognate with Dutch zeer, German sehr, Old Norse sārr
Related forms
soreness, noun
unsore, adjective
unsorely, adverb
unsoreness, noun
Synonyms
1. tender. 3. aggrieved, hurt, pained, vexed. 4. grievous, distressing, painful, depressing. 8. infection, abscess, ulcer, wound.
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Examples from the Web for soreness
Historical Examples
  • My heart is sore as I write, with the soreness that filled it that day.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • There was the bandage on his arm, the soreness under that bandage.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • No, sir; Jack Beckley rubbed all the soreness out of me last night.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • I had a soreness at my heart, an oppression on my spirits, which weighed me down.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • She admits with soreness and humiliation unspeakable that she has done him wrong.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He was cured of his fancy, although no effort of will could protect the soreness of the bruise.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Hunger, soreness of body, drowsiness, attacked him together.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • The soreness will work out and be gone for good after a few lessons.

  • He was tired and stiff and his back showed signs of soreness.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • This dissolves the knot, and reduce the swelling and soreness.

British Dictionary definitions for soreness

sore

/sɔː/
adjective
1.
(esp of a wound, injury, etc) painfully sensitive; tender
2.
causing annoyance: a sore point
3.
resentful; irked: he was sore that nobody believed him
4.
urgent; pressing: in sore need
5.
(postpositive) grieved; distressed
6.
causing grief or sorrow
noun
7.
a painful or sensitive wound, injury, etc
8.
any cause of distress or vexation
adverb
9.
(archaic) direly; sorely (now only in such phrases as sore pressed, sore afraid)
Derived Forms
soreness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sār; related to Old Norse sārr, Old High German sēr, Gothic sair sore, Latin saevus angry
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Word Origin and History for soreness

sore

adj.

Old English sar "painful, grievous, aching, sad, wounding," influenced in meaning by Old Norse sarr "sore, wounded," from Proto-Germanic *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (cf. Old Frisian sar "painful," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer "sore, ache," Old High German ser "painful," Gothic sair "pain, sorrow, travail"), from PIE root *sai- (1) "suffering" (cf. Old Irish saeth "pain, sickness").

Adverbial use (e.g. sore afraid) is from Old English sare but has mostly died out (replaced by sorely), but remains the main meaning of German cognate sehr "very." Slang meaning "angry, irritated" is first recorded 1738.

sore

n.

Old English sar "bodily pain or injury, wound; sickness, disease; state of pain or suffering," from root of sore (adj.). Now restricted to ulcers, boils, blisters. Cf. Old Saxon ser "pain, wound," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer, Old High German ser, Old Norse sar, Gothic sair.

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soreness in Medicine

sore (sôr)
n.
An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer. adj.
Painful to the touch; tender.


sore'ness n.
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Slang definitions & phrases for soreness

sore

adjective

Angry; irritated; pissed off: I was sore (1738+)

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Idioms and Phrases with soreness

sore

In addition to the idiom beginning with
sore
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