Sore Definition

sôr
sore, sorer, sores, sorest, soring
adjective
sorer, sorest
Giving physical pain; painful; tender.
A sore throat.
Webster's New World
Feeling physical pain, as from wounds, bruises, etc.
To be sore all over.
Webster's New World
Filled with sadness, grief, or sorrow; distressed.
With a sore heart.
Webster's New World
Causing sadness, grief, misery, or distress.
A sore hardship.
Webster's New World
Provocative of irritation or disagreeable feelings.
A sore point.
Webster's New World
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noun
sores
A sore, usually infected spot on the body, as an ulcer, boil, or blister.
Webster's New World
A source of pain, irritation, grief, distress, etc.
Webster's New World

A group of ducks on land. (See also: sord).

Wiktionary

A young hawk or falcon in its first year.

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A young buck in its fourth year.

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verb
To inflict soring on (a horse)
Webster's New World
To mutilate the legs or feet of (a horse) in order to induce a particular gait in the animal.
American Heritage
To mutilate the legs or feet of a horse in order to induce a particular gait in the animal.
American Heritage Medicine
adverb
Sorely; greatly.
Webster's New World

(archaic) Very, excessively, extremely (of something bad).

They were sore afraid.
The knight was sore wounded.
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Other Word Forms of Sore

Noun

Singular:
sore
Plural:
sores

Adjective

Base Form:
sore
Comparative:
sorer
Superlative:
sorest

Origin of Sore

  • Middle English sor, from Old English sār (noun) 'ache, wound' and sār (adj.) 'painful, grievous', from Proto-Germanic *sairą (noun) (compare Dutch zeer 'sore, ache', Danish sår 'wound'), and *sairaz (adj.) 'sore' (compare German sehr 'very'), from pre-Germanic *sh₂ei-ro-, enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ei- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Hittite sāwar 'anger', Welsh hoed 'pain', Ancient Greek aimōdía 'toothache').

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English sār

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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