a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.
a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel.

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

Synonyms for boor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boors

Historical Examples of boors

  • I understood; and, without taking leave of the two boors, I left the room.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I am a poet, and play upon the tympani; the conductor and the orchestra are boors.


    James Huneker

  • Mention them in English, and we are at once boors and churls.

  • I felt it that first evening, when we behaved toward her like a couple of boors.


    Clara Louise Burnham

  • Now I would ask, why could these naturalists not let the nomenclature of the boors alone?

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for boors



an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person

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 boors



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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