sore

[ sawr, sohr ]
/ sɔr, soʊr /

adjective, sor·er, sor·est.

noun

a sore spot or place on the body.
a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.

adverb

Archaic. sorely.

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Origin of sore

before 900; Middle English (adj., noun, and adv.); Old English sār; cognate with Dutch zeer,German sehr,Old Norse sārr

OTHER WORDS FROM sore

soreness, nounun·sore, adjectiveun·sore·ly, adverbun·sore·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sore

sore
/ (sɔː) /

adjective

noun

a painful or sensitive wound, injury, etc
any cause of distress or vexation

adverb

archaic direly; sorely (now only in such phrases as sore pressed, sore afraid)

Derived forms of sore

soreness, noun

Word Origin for sore

Old English sār; related to Old Norse sārr, Old High German sēr, Gothic sair sore, Latin saevus angry
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Medical definitions for sore

sore
[ sôr ]

n.

An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.

adj.

Painful to the touch; tender.

Other words from sore

soreness n.
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Idioms and Phrases with sore

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