boring

1
[ bawr-ing ]
/ ˈbɔr ɪŋ /

adjective

causing or marked by boredom; dull and uninteresting; tiresome: a boring discussion; to have a boring time.

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Origin of boring

1
First recorded in 1835–45; bore1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM boring

bor·ing·ly, adverbbor·ing·ness, noun

Definition for boring (2 of 2)

boring2
[ bawr-ing, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr ɪŋ, ˈboʊr- /

noun

Machinery.
  1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
  2. the hole so made.
Geology. a cylindrical sample of earth strata obtained by boring a vertical hole.
borings, the chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring.

Origin of boring

2
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bore2, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for boring (1 of 2)

boring1
/ (ˈbɔːrɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
  2. the hole made in this way
(often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring

British Dictionary definitions for boring (2 of 2)

boring2
/ (ˈbɔːrɪŋ) /

adjective

dull; repetitious; uninteresting

Derived forms of boring

boringly, adverb
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