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  1. a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.
  2. a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel.
  3. peasant.
  4. Boer.
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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 confusedboar Boer boor bore

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Related Words for boor

rube, oaf, Philistine, goon, lout, brute, bear, barbarian, peasant, buffoon, churl, boob, cad, vulgarian, dork

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Historical Examples of boor

  • It was as well I did not: the boor would not have known what I meant.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


  • Am I Vicomtesse of Lavedan, or the wife of a boor of the countryside?

  • On the other hand, Steve felt a boor for having sent the books.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • Some have no veneer like this boor, and some have the polish, but they are all the same underneath.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • It was plain to every eye, moreover, that he was a gentleman and no boor.

British Dictionary definitions for boor


  1. an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person
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Word Origin for boor

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 boor


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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