- (America) IPA: /bɔɹ/
- (RP) IPA: /bɔː/
- (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /bo(ː)ɹ/
- (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /boə/
bore (bores, present participle boring; past and past participle bored)
(transitive) To inspire boredom in somebody.
- […] used to come and bore me at rare intervals.
(transitive) To make a hole through something.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
- I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored.
- (intransitive) To make a hole with, or as if with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool.
- to bore for water or oil
- An insect bores into a tree.
- (transitive) To form or enlarge (something) by means of a boring instrument or apparatus.
- to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole
- short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the insect can bore […] a cylindrical passage through the most solid wood
- (transitive) To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
- to bore one's way through a crowd
- What bustling crowds I bored.
- (intransitive) To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns.
- This timber does not bore well.
- (intransitive) To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
- They take their flight […] boring to the west.
- (of a horse) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air.
- (obsolete) To fool; to trick.
- (make a hole through something) see also Thesaurus:make hole
- French: percer
- German: bohren
- Italian: alesare, scavare, scavare
- Portuguese: cavar
- Russian: сверли́ть
- Spanish: perforar, horadar, agujerear
- French: ennuyer, barber
- German: langweilen
- Italian: annoiare, tediare
- Portuguese: chatear, aborrecer, entediar
- Russian: надоеда́ть
- Spanish: aburrir
bore (plural bores)
- A hole drilled or milled through something, or (by extension) its diameter.
- the bore of a cannon
- 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
- the bores of wind-instruments
- The tunnel inside of a gun's barrel through which the bullet travels when fired, or (by extension) its diameter.
- A tool, such as an auger, for making a hole by boring.
- A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.
- One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
- Something that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome affair.
- It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own verses.
- Calibre; importance.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vi]:
- Yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter.
- See also Thesaurus:bore
- Italian: pedante, logorroico
- Russian: зану́да
- Spanish: pesado, pelmazo, petardo (colloquial), plasta (colloquial), palizas (colloquial), plomo (colloquial), pestiño (colloquial), muermo (colloquial), sosaina (colloquial)
bore (plural bores)Synonyms Translations
- French: mascaret
- German: Gezeitenwelle
- Italian: flusso anomalo, ondata anomala