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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 sorer
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  • And never can human brain have held a sorer conflict of reflection than was mine.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The directors got sorer and sorer as Worth Gilbert's cheerfulness increased.

  • But it was a miserable business, and our hearts were sorer than our bodies.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • And is not mine, my friend, a sorer case, When every coxcomb perks them in my face?

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • I doubt you may have a sorer heart to carry about with you than you have kenned of yet.

    The Orphans of Glen Elder Margaret Murray Robertson
  • These two might never have sorer need of a friend than in this summer afternoon.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • But besides the little Jacinth knew, she had her own sorer feelings.

    Robin Redbreast Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • And, all the time, I could watch Mr. Robert gettin' sorer and sorer.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Boris is sorer than a boiled owl at being run on the rocks by a girl.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • And yet he parted from her with a sorer heart every evening.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for sorer

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 sorer

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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sorer 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 sorer

sore

adjective

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

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Idioms and Phrases with sorer

sore

In addition to the idiom beginning with
sore
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