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

1840–50; compare Scots sorehead a headache
Related formssore·head·ed·ly, adverbsore·head·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for sorehead

crab, complainer, bear, grump, crank, kicker, malcontent, sourpuss, bug, curmudgeon, growler, whiner, faultfinder, crosspatch, griper, grouser

Examples from the Web for sorehead

Historical Examples of sorehead

  • "Don't be a sorehead, Bill, just because you lost," put in Fatty Hendry.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt

    Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

  • "I know one 'sorehead,'" remarked Ray with a grimace as he felt of his wound.

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

  • Sorehead: A politician who has reached for something that was not his, and missed.

  • Obviously he was a sorehead—had some kind of grudge against Stet.

    Helpfully Yours

    Evelyn E. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for sorehead


  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a peevish or disgruntled person
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Derived Formssoreheadedly, adverbsoreheadedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sorehead


"mean, discontented person," 1848, American English, from sore (adj.) + head (n.). Especially in 19c. U.S. political slang, a person who is dissatisfied through lack of recognition or reward for party service (1862).

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