Definition of “bore” - English Dictionary

“bore” in British English

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uk /bɔːr/ us /bɔːr/

bore verb (FAIL TO INTEREST)

[ T ] to talk or act in a way that makes someone lose interest:

"Am I boring you?" she asked anxiously.
bore sb silly

to make someone feel very bored:

We were all bored silly by the play.

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bore verb (MAKE A HOLE)

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to make a hole in something using a tool:

He used a drill to bore a hole in the wall.
The workmen bored through the rock.

bore verb (BEAR)

past simple of bear

Phrasal verb(s)


uk /bɔːr/ us /bɔːr/


[ C ] disapproving someone who talks too much about boring subjects:

I had to sit next to Michael at dinner - he's such a bore.

[ S ] informal an activity or situation that is annoying or unpleasant:

Ironing is such a bore.
[ + -ing verb ] It's an awful bore cooking a meal every night.
[ + to infinitive ] It's such a bore to have to write this out all over again.

bore noun (WAVE)

[ C ] a very large wave that runs from the sea up a narrow river at particular times of year:

the Severn Bore


uk / -bɔːr/ us / -bɔːr/ mainly UK US usually -gauge

(Definition of “bore” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bore” in American English

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us /bɔr, boʊr/

bore verb (FAIL TO INTEREST)

[ T ] to make someone lose interest:

Am I boring you?

bore verb (MAKE A HOLE)

[ I/T ] to make a hole in something using a tool:

[ I ] Workmen bored through the rock.



us /bɔr, boʊr/

bore (BEAR)

past simple of bear

borenoun [ C ]

us /bɔr, boʊr/


someone or something that is not interesting:

All he talks about is money – he’s such a bore.

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