adjective, sor·er, sor·est.
Origin of sore
Synonyms for sore
Related Words for sorenesscramp, fever, stitch, tenderness, sickness, twinge, laceration, strain, discomfort, illness, irritation, ache, injury, spasm, irritability, inflammation, distress, gripe, sting, crick
Examples from the Web for soreness
Historical Examples of soreness
My heart is sore as I write, with the soreness that filled it that day.Things as They Are
There was the bandage on his arm, the soreness under that bandage.Storm Over Warlock
No, sir; Jack Beckley rubbed all the soreness out of me last night.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
I had a soreness at my heart, an oppression on my spirits, which weighed me down.Japhet in Search of a Father
She admits with soreness and humiliation unspeakable that she has done him wrong.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
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)