[pawr, pohr]

verb (used without object), pored, por·ing.

to read or study with steady attention or application: a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.
to gaze earnestly or steadily: to pore over a painting.
to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by over, on, or upon): He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.

Origin of pore

1250–1300; Middle English pouren < ?
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours

Synonyms for pore

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Contemporary Examples of poring

Historical Examples of poring

  • Is there a frontispiece to it of "Raine poring over his own book?"

  • Rachel and her father were poring intently over the chess-board.

    The Arbiter

    Lady F. E. E. Bell

  • I am not fond of staying in the house and poring over books and papers.

    Sisters Three

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • And Caylesham's—he held it in his fingers and looked at it with a poring scrutiny.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope

  • In the centre of the ring stood Bob and Ned, poring over the pages of the book.

    The Motor Boys

    Clarence Young

British Dictionary definitions for poring



verb (intr)

(foll by over) to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc)he pored over the documents for several hours
(foll by over, on, or upon) to think deeply (about)he pored on the question of their future
(foll by over, on, or upon) rare to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)

Word Origin for pore

C13 pouren; perhaps related to peer ²


See pour




anatomy zoology any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
botany any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc

Word Origin for pore

C14: from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore
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Word Origin and History for poring



"gaze intently," early 13c., of unknown origin, with no obvious corresponding word in Old French. Perhaps from Old English *purian, suggested by spyrian "to investigate, examine," and spor "a trace, vestige." Related: Pored; poring.



"minute opening," late 14c., from Old French pore (14c.) and directly from Latin porus "a pore," from Greek poros "a pore," literally "passage, way," from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)).

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poring in Medicine




A minute opening in an animal or plant tissue.
One of the minute openings of the sweat glands of the skin.
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poring in Science



A tiny opening, as one in an animal's skin or on the surface of a plant leaf or stem, through which liquids or gases may pass.
A space in soil, rock, or loose sediment that is not occupied by mineral matter and allows the passage or absorption of fluids, such as water, petroleum, or air.
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