bore

1
[ bawr, bohr ]
/ bɔr, boʊr /
||

verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.

to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.

noun

a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.

Origin of bore

1
First recorded in 1760–70; of uncertain origin
Can be confusedboar Boer boor boreboard boredboard bored committee council panel trust

Definition for bored (2 of 3)

bore

2
[ bawr, bohr ]
/ bɔr, boʊr /

verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.

verb (used without object), bored, bor·ing.

noun

a hole made or enlarged by boring.
the inside diameter of a hole, tube, or hollow cylindrical object or device, such as a bushing or bearing, engine cylinder, or barrel of a gun.

Origin of bore

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English borian; cognate with Old High German borōn, Old Norse bora, Latin forāre
Related formsbore·a·ble, bor·a·ble, adjective

Definition for bored (3 of 3)

bore

4
[ bawr, bohr ]
/ bɔr, boʊr /

verb

simple past tense of bear1.
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British Dictionary definitions for bored (1 of 4)

bore

1
/ (bɔː) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for bore

Old English borian; related to Old Norse bora, Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forāre to pierce, Greek pharos ploughing, phárunx pharynx

British Dictionary definitions for bored (2 of 4)

bore

2
/ (bɔː) /

verb

(tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting

noun

a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
Derived Formsbored, adjective

Word Origin for bore

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for bored (3 of 4)

bore

3
/ (bɔː) /

noun

a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide

Word Origin for bore

C17: from Old Norse bāra wave, billow

British Dictionary definitions for bored (4 of 4)

bore

4
/ (bɔː) /

verb

the past tense of bear 1
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Science definitions for bored

bore

[ bôr ]

In fluid mechanics, a jump in the level of moving water, generally propagating in the opposite direction to the current. Strong ocean tides can cause bores to propagate up rivers.
  1. The white, shallow portion of a wave after it breaks. The bore carries ocean water onto the beach.
  2. A tidal wave caused by the surge of a flood tide upstream in a narrowing estuary or by colliding tidal currents.
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