Meaning of BORE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ bɔ:(r) ]

( bores, boring, bored)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If someone or something bores you, you find them dull and uninteresting.

Dickie bored him all through the meal with stories of the Navy...

Life in the country bores me.

VERB : V n with n , V n


If someone or something bores you to tears , bores you to death , or bores you stiff , they bore you very much indeed. ( INFORMAL )

...a handsome engineer who bored me to tears with his tales of motorway maintenance...

PHRASE : V inflects [ emphasis ]


You describe someone as a bore when you think that they talk in a very uninteresting way.

There is every reason why I shouldn’t enjoy his company–he’s a bore and a fool.



You can describe a situation as a bore when you find it annoying.

It’s a bore to be sick, and the novelty of lying in bed all day wears off quickly.

= drag

N-SING : a N


If you bore a hole in something, you make a deep round hole in it using a special tool.

Get the special drill bit to bore the correct-size hole for the job.

VERB : V n


Bore is the past tense of bear .


see also bored , boring

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