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  1. of or like a boor; unmannered; crude; insensitive.

Origin of boorish

First recorded in 1555–65; boor + -ish1

synonym study For boorish

Boorish, oafish, rude, uncouth all describe persons, acts, manners, or mannerisms that violate in some way the generally accepted canons of polite, considerate behavior. Boorish, originally referring to behavior characteristic of an unlettered rustic or peasant, now implies a coarse and blatant lack of sensitivity to the feelings or values of others: a boorish refusal to acknowledge greetings. Oafish suggests slow-witted, loutlike, clumsy behavior: oafish table manners. Rude has the widest scope of meaning of these words; it suggests either purposefully impudent discourtesy or, less frequently, a rough crudity of appearance or manner: a rude remark; a rude thatched hut. Uncouth stresses most strongly in modern use a lack of good manners, whether arising from ignorance or brashness: uncouth laughter; an uncouth way of staring at strangers.

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Other words from boorish

  • boor·ish·ly, adverb
  • boor·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use boorish in a sentence

  • She had always resented the imputation of boorishness and lack of culture his enemies had made against the man she loved.

    The Southerner | Thomas Dixon
  • I see no evidence of the boorishness I have always associated with the lives of the Barons of England.

  • "I am having a very interesting and instructive morning in this atmosphere of Irish boorishness," said he.

    The Snare | Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for boorish


/ (ˈbʊərɪʃ) /

  1. ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude

Derived forms of boorish

  • boorishly, adverb
  • boorishness, noun

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