transitive verbbored, bor·ing, bores
To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious: The movie bored us.
One that is wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious.
Origin of bore Origin unknown
Usage Note: If an activity or experience starts to bore you, are you bored by it, bored of it, or bored with it? All three constructions are common in informal writing and speech, but they enjoy different degrees of acceptance. The most widely approved wordings are bored with and bored by. In our 2012 survey, the sentences I'm getting bored with this lecture series and I'm getting bored by this lecture series were accepted by 93 percent and 88 percent of our Usage Panel, respectively. By contrast, only 24 percent of the Panelists found I'm getting bored of this lecture series at least somewhat acceptable. Why is the bored of construction so widely condemned, when tired of, on which it is presumably modeled, is universally accepted? Probably because tired of was grandfathered into our language, as a relic of the once-common use of of in passive-voice constructions (in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, for instance, Benedict describes himself as being “loved of all ladies”—that is, loved by them). By the time bore came into English in the late 1800s, the use of of to indicate the agent in passive constructions was uncommon. People have kept using such pre-existent familiar phrasings as tired of and frightened of, but otherwise the passive-agent use of of is mostly defunct, so the phrasing bored of is likely to seem like an error to many readers.
(third-person singular simple present bores, present participle boring, simple past and past participle bored)
- To make a hole through something.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- (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.
- To inspire boredom in somebody.
- He bores me with some trick.
- […] used to come and bore me at rare intervals.
- (of a horse) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air.
- (to make a hole): borer
- (to inspire boredom): bored, boredom, boring
- A hole drilled or milled through something.
- the bore of a cannon
- The tunnel inside of a gun's barrel through which the bullet travels when fired.
- 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.
- Calibre; importance.
From Old English borian (“to pierce”). Confer Danish bore, Norwegian bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forare (“to bore, to pierce”) and Albanian birë (“a hole”). Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.
- A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave; an eagre.
Compare Icelandic word for "wave".
- simple past tense of bear
See also: borë