[bawr-duhm, bohr-]


the state of being bored; tedium; ennui.

Origin of boredom

First recorded in 1850–55; bore1+ -dom

Synonyms for boredom

Antonyms for boredom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boredom

Contemporary Examples of boredom

Historical Examples of boredom

  • And all the while he stood there quietly beside Evadna, his attitude almost that of boredom.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Well, there will be no boredom at Dauvergne's if he ingratiates himself with actresses.

  • I hoped that under the bullets of the Chechenes boredom could not exist—a vain hope!

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • His courtesy, his smartness, his anecdotes, his reminiscences were all Boredom.

  • Why, the moments of boredom, of weariness, of dissatisfaction.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for boredom



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

"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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