Meaning of “sore” in the English Dictionary

"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 painful area on the surface of a body, especially an infected area:

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 body part) because of injury or infection or (of a muscle) from being used too much:

If you have a sore throat, take aspirin.
I went rowing yesterday 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 unfairly treated:

Chris wants to win, but he’s not a sore loser.

sorenoun [ C ]

us /sɔr, soʊr/

sore noun [ C ] (PAINFUL AREA)

a painful area on the surface of a body, esp. an infected area

(Definition of “sore” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)