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boring

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

causing or marked by boredom: a boring discussion; to have a boring time.

RELATED WORDS

repeatedly, lengthily, repetitively

Nearby words

boric, boric acid, boric oxide, boricua, boride, boring, boring bar, boring machine, boring mill, boringly, boris

Origin of boring

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First recorded in 1835–45; bore1 + -ing2
SYNONYMS FOR boring
Related formsbor·ing·ly, adverbbor·ing·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for boringly

  • So I enrolled right away for programming classes, and found them boringly abstracted.

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  • Witness Kate Middleton, who drives the most boringly middle class car in Britain—a German-made Audi A3.

  • The night was quiet, boringly so, and for several hours, we walked around, waiting for something to happen.

  • Switzerland has a PR system as well, and the country has probably the most boringly stable politics in Europe.

British Dictionary definitions for boringly (1 of 2)

boring

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/ (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 boringly (2 of 2)

boring

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/ (ˈbɔːrɪŋ) /

adjective

dull; repetitious; uninteresting
Derived Formsboringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for boringly

boring


adj.

mid-15c., "action of piercing," from bore (v.). From 1853 in reference to animals that bore; 1840 in the sense "wearying, causing ennui."

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