Meaning of BORE in English


/ bɔː(r); NAmE / verb , noun

—see also bear , bore , borne verb

■ verb


[ vn ] to make sb feel bored, especially by talking too much :

I'm not boring you, am I?

Has he been boring you with his stories about his trip?


bore (into / through sth) to make a long deep hole with a tool or by digging :

[ v ]

The drill is strong enough to bore through solid rock.

[ vn ]

to bore a hole in sth


[ v ] bore into sb/sth ( of eyes ) to stare in a way that makes sb feel uncomfortable :

His blue eyes seemed to bore into her.

■ noun


[ C ] a person who is very boring, usually because they talk too much


[ sing. ] a situation or thing that is boring or that annoys you :

It's such a bore having to stay late this evening.


[ C ] (also gauge especially in NAmE ) the hollow inside of a tube, such as a pipe or a gun; the width of the hole :

a tube with a wide / narrow bore

a twelve-bore shotgun


[ C ] a strong, high wave that rushes along a river from the sea at particular times of the year


[ C ] (also bore·hole ) a deep hole made in the ground, especially to find water or oil


see crash verb



verb senses 2 to 3 and noun sense 3 noun sense 5 Old English borian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German bohren .

verb sense 1 and noun senses 1 to 2 mid 18th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin.

noun sense 4 early 17th cent.: perhaps from Old Norse bára wave; the term was used in the general sense billow, wave in Middle English .

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