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sore

adjective 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 throat. My feet were sore with all the walking.

sore adjective (ANGRY)

US informal angry because you feel you have been unfairly treated: He accused me of being a sore loser (= someone who does not accept defeat well).
soreness
noun [U] uk   /ˈsɔː.nəs/ us    /ˈsɔːr-/

sore

noun [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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