[ sawr-hed, sohr- ]
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  1. a disgruntled or vindictive person, especially an unsportsmanlike loser: Don't be such a sorehead, they won fair and square.

Origin of sorehead

1840–50; compare Scots sorehead a headache

Other words from sorehead

  • sore·head·ed·ly, adverb
  • sore·head·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby sorehead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sorehead in a sentence

  • Hes been sneering and hollering like the sorehead he is, and its sure getting too much for me.

  • That ought to give pause to the Amalgamated sorehead Society.

  • We say that "knocking" is a sign of the "sorehead" and we sublimate criticism by saying that "every knock is a boost."

    A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
  • sorehead picks Mike up, an' sweeps a cord or two of glasswar' off the bar with him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends | Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "I know one 'sorehead,'" remarked Ray with a grimace as he felt of his wound.

British Dictionary definitions for sorehead


/ (ˈsɔːˌhɛd) /

  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a peevish or disgruntled person

Derived forms of sorehead

  • soreheadedly, adverb
  • soreheadedness, noun

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