sore

[ sawr, sohr ]
/ sɔr, soʊr /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. sordello,
  2. sordes,
  3. sordid,
  4. sordidly,
  5. sordino,
  6. sore point, a,
  7. sore shin,
  8. sore throat,
  9. soredial,
  10. sorediate

Origin of sore

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

Related formssore·ness, nounun·sore, adjectiveun·sore·ly, adverbun·sore·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for soreness

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 Formssoreness, 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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Word Origin and History for soreness
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Medicine definitions for soreness

sore

[ sôr ]

n.

An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.

adj.

Painful to the touch; tender.
Related formssoreness n.


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Idioms and Phrases with soreness

sore

In addition to the idiom beginning with sore

  • sore point, a

also see:

  • sight for sore eyes
  • stick out (like a sore thumb)
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