bore Definition

  • 1to make someone feel bored or uninterested
  • 2a person or thing that is dull and uninteresting

Using bore: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bore" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The lecture bored me to tears.

  • Example

    I don't want to bore you with the details.

  • Example

    He's a bore at parties.

  • Example

    This book is a real bore.

bore Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bore

Antonyms for bore

Idioms Using bore

  • having a natural inclination for adventure or risk-taking


    He's always been a bit of a daredevil; he was born to be wild.

  • naive or inexperienced


    Don't try to trick me; I wasn't born yesterday.

  • born into a wealthy family


    She's never had to work for anything; she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

Phrases with bore

  • to make someone extremely bored


    The long meeting bored me to death.

  • bored out of one's mind

    extremely bored


    I was bored out of my mind during the lecture.

  • to bore someone very much


    The movie bored the pants off me.

Origins of bore

from Old English 'borian', meaning 'to pierce'


Summary: bore in Brief

The verb 'bore' [bɔː(r)] means to make someone feel bored or uninterested. It can also refer to a person or thing that is dull and uninteresting, as in 'He's a bore at parties.' The phrase 'bore someone to death' means to make someone extremely bored, while 'bored out of one's mind' means extremely bored. 'Born to be wild' is an idiom that means having a natural inclination for adventure or risk-taking.

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