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  1. a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.

  2. a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel.

Origin of boor

First recorded in 1545–55; from Dutch boer or Low German būr (cognate with German Bauer “farmer”), derivative of unattestest Germanic bū- “to dwell, build, cultivate”; see -er1; cf. bond2

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How to use boor in a sentence

  • I do not know of any treasure in Bluar boor, but I refer you to the enclosed letter which tells something of treasure elsewhere.

    Us and the Bottleman | Edith Ballinger Price
  • Wo betide the family of the rich boor, who presumed to depart this life without a passport from Dr. Luke Lundin!

    The Abbot | Sir Walter Scott
  • He did mind, not bargaining for learning lessons in the holidays; but he could not show himself so uncivil a boor as to refuse.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys | Lewis Hough
  • One of the chief grievances of the Irishman in the middle ages was that the man who robbed him was such a boor.

    The Crime Against Europe | Roger Casement
  • You see this boor, a boor of the country, an illiterate boor, and yet the citizen of good-fellows.

British Dictionary definitions for boor


/ (bʊə) /

  1. an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person

Origin of boor

Old English gebūr; related to Old High German gibūr farmer, dweller, Albanian būr man; see neighbour

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