boredom

[ bawr-duhm, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr- /

noun

the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.

Nearby words

  1. boreal,
  2. borealis,
  3. boreas,
  4. borecole,
  5. bored,
  6. boree,
  7. boreen,
  8. borehole,
  9. borel,
  10. borel, félix édouard émile

Origin of boredom

First recorded in 1850–55; bore1+ -dom

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British Dictionary definitions for boredom

boredom

/ (ˈbɔːdəm) /

noun

the state of being bored; tedium
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Word Origin and History for boredom

boredom

n.

"state of being bored," 1852, from bore (v.1) + -dom. It also has been employed in a sense "bores as a class" (1883) and "practice of being a bore" (1864, a sense properly belonging to boreism, 1833).

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