- Sore is painful or sensitive, whether physically or mentally.
- An example of sore used as an adjective is a sore back which means a back that is in pain.
- An example of sore used as an adjective is a sore point which means a disagreement that continues to cause distress.
- The definition of a sore is a painful spot on the body or something that causes annoyance, irritation or grief.
An example of a sore is an open wound on the leg.
- giving physical pain; painful; tender: a sore throat
- feeling physical pain, as from wounds, bruises, etc.: to be sore all over
- filled with sadness, grief, or sorrow; distressed: with a sore heart
- causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress: a sore hardship
- distressingly intense or bitter; extreme: a sore lack
- provocative of irritation or disagreeable feelings: a sore point
- Informal angry; offended; feeling hurt or resentful
Origin of soreMiddle English sor from Old English sar, akin to German sehr, very, literally , sore from Indo-European base an unverified form sai-, pain, sickness from source Classical Latin saevus, raging, terrible, Old Irish s?eth, illness
- a sore, usually infected spot on the body, as an ulcer, boil, or blister
- a source of pain, irritation, grief, distress, etc.
Origin of soreOE sar, pain
transitive verbsored, sor′ing
- Painful to the touch; tender.
- Feeling physical pain; hurting: sore all over.
- Causing misery, sorrow, or distress; grievous: in sore need.
- Causing embarrassment or irritation: a sore subject.
- Full of distress; sorrowful.
- Informal Angry; offended.
- An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.
- A source of pain, distress, or irritation.
transitive verbsored, sor·ing, sores
Origin of soreMiddle English from Old English sār
(comparative sorer, superlative sorest)
- Causing pain or discomfort; painfully sensitive.
- Her feet were sore from walking so far.
- Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.
- Dire; distressing.
- The school was in sore need of textbooks, theirs having been ruined in the flood.
- (informal) Feeling animosity towards someone; annoyed or angered.
- Joe was sore at Bob for beating him at checkers.
Middle English sor, from Old English sÄr (noun) 'ache, wound' and sÄr (adj.) 'painful, grievous', from Proto-Germanic *sairÄ… (noun) (compare Dutch zeer 'sore, ache', Danish sÃ¥r 'wound'), and *sairaz (adj.) 'sore' (compare German sehr 'very'), from pre-Germanic *shâ‚‚ei-ro-, enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *shâ‚‚ei- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Hittite sÄwar 'anger', Welsh hoed 'pain', Ancient Greek aimÅdÃa 'toothache').