[ sawr, sohr ]
/ sɔr, soʊr /
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adjective, sor·er, sor·est.
physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part: a sore arm.
suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc.: He is sore because of all that exercise.
suffering mental pain; grieved, distressed, or sorrowful: to be sore at heart.
a sore spot or place on the body.
a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.
OTHER WORDS FOR sore
4 grievous, distressing, painful, depressing.
8 inflammation, abscess, ulcer, wound.
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Origin of sore
First recorded before 900; Middle English (adjective, noun, and adverb); Old English sār; cognate with Dutch zeer, German sehr, Old Norse sārr
OTHER WORDS FROM soresoreness, nounun·sore, adjectiveun·sore·ly, adverbun·sore·ness, noun
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How to use sore in a sentence
Of how much sorer punishment shall Christ at His speedy coming deem the scorner worthy?The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews|Thomas Charles Edwards
It was a sore conviction to her, and would have been a sorer yet had she understood his playful blame of her in the letter.Weighed and Wanting|George MacDonald
Good Mr. Rose's feet became sorer and sorer each succeeding day; Mr. S. at length nearly gave up; my son had grown brisker.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2|Maria R. Audubon
But to be parted from the woman I love was even a sorer trial.To Win the Love He Sought|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Sir Matthew spake no worde, but strake his horse with the spurrs sorer than he dyde before.Highways and Byways in The Border|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for sore
/ (sɔː) /
(esp of a wound, injury, etc) painfully sensitive; tender
causing annoyancea sore point
resentful; irkedhe was sore that nobody believed him
urgent; pressingin sore need
(postpositive) grieved; distressed
causing grief or sorrow
a painful or sensitive wound, injury, etc
any cause of distress or vexation
archaic direly; sorely (now only in such phrases as sore pressed, sore afraid)
Derived forms of soresoreness, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with sore
In addition to the idiom beginning with sore
- sore point, a
- sight for sore eyes
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
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