adjective, sor·er, sor·est.
- sore point, a,
- sore shin,
- sore throat,
Origin of sore
Examples from the Web for soreness
There may be no sense of soreness or swelling, but dull pain.A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication|Daniel Clark
After walking awhile I found my soreness began to leave me, when I began to accelerate my pace.Biography of a Slave|Charles Thompson
The soreness which may not pass the lips is felt the more keenly within.Mashi and Other Stories|Rabindranath Tagore
Thus, not without some soreness of heart, closed his direct connection with the theatre.Robert Browning|Edward Dowden
It was not a wrench, only a bruise, and as he stretched his ankle a few times the soreness went away.The Guns of Shiloh|Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin for sore
Old English sar "painful, grievous, aching, sad, wounding," influenced in meaning by Old Norse sarr "sore, wounded," from Proto-Germanic *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (cf. Old Frisian sar "painful," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer "sore, ache," Old High German ser "painful," Gothic sair "pain, sorrow, travail"), from PIE root *sai- (1) "suffering" (cf. Old Irish saeth "pain, sickness").
Adverbial use (e.g. sore afraid) is from Old English sare but has mostly died out (replaced by sorely), but remains the main meaning of German cognate sehr "very." Slang meaning "angry, irritated" is first recorded 1738.
Old English sar "bodily pain or injury, wound; sickness, disease; state of pain or suffering," from root of sore (adj.). Now restricted to ulcers, boils, blisters. Cf. Old Saxon ser "pain, wound," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer, Old High German ser, Old Norse sar, Gothic sair.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sore
- sore point, a
- sight for sore eyes
- stick out (like a sore thumb)