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"sore" in British English

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soreadjective

uk   /sɔːr/  us   /sɔːr/
  • sore adjective (PAINFUL)

B1 painful and ​uncomfortable because of ​injury, ​infection, or too much use: All the ​dust has made my ​eyes sore. I've got a sore back. My ​feet were sore with all the ​walking.

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soreness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsɔː.nəs/  us   /ˈsɔːr.nəs/

sorenoun [C]

uk   /sɔːr/  us   /sɔːr/
a ​painfularea on the ​surface of a ​body, ​especially an ​infectedarea: The ​poor dog's back was ​covered with sores.
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(Definition of sore from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sore" in American English

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soreadjective

 us   /sɔr, soʊr/
  • sore adjective (PAINFUL)

painful and ​uncomfortable, esp. (of a ​bodypart) because of ​injury or ​infection or (of a ​muscle) from being used too much: If you have a sore ​throat, take ​aspirin. I went ​rowingyesterday for the first ​time in ​years, and my ​arms are sore today.
  • sore adjective (ANGRY)

[-er/-est only] infml angry, esp. because you ​feel you have been ​unfairlytreated: Chris ​wants to ​win, but he’s not a sore ​loser.

sorenoun [C]

 us   /sɔr, soʊr/
  • sore noun [C] (PAINFUL AREA)

a ​painfularea on the ​surface of a ​body, esp. an ​infectedarea
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