• (RP) enPR: tô, IPA: /tɔː/
  • (America) enPR: tôr, IPA: /tɔɹ/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) enPR: tōr, IPA: /to(ː)ɹ/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /toə/


  1. (dialectal or obsolete) Hard, difficult; wearisome, tedious.
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) Strong, sturdy; great, massive.
  3. (dialectal or obsolete) Full; rich.
  1. simple past tense of tear.
  2. (now, colloquial, nonstandard) Past participle of tear
    • 1761, [Laurence Sterne], chapter XVI, in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, volume III, London: Printed for R[obert] and J[ames] Dodsley […], OCLC 959921526 ↗, page 71 ↗:
      Upon my honor, Sir, you have tore every bit of ſkin quite off the back of both my hands with your forceps, cried my uncle Toby{{...}

tore (plural tores)

  1. (architecture) Alternative form of torus
  2. (geometry) The surface described by the circumference of a circle revolving about a straight line in its own plane.
  3. The solid enclosed by such a surface; an anchor ring.

tore (uncountable)

  1. The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring.

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