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The condition of being bored; ennui.


the state of being bored; tedium


(ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-)

the state of being bored.


 bores collectively, 1883.
Example: boredom of briefs [modern pun on legal briefs].




  1. Bored as Greta Garbo —Alice McDermott
  2. Boredom enveloped her like heavy bedding —Yukio Mishima
  3. Boredom … like a cancer in the breast —Evelyn Waugh
  4. Boredom, like hookworm, is endemic —Beryl Markham
  5. Boredom wafted from her like the scent of stale sweat —Anon
  6. Boredom was increasing … like a silent animal sadly rubbing itself against the sultry grass —Yukio Mishima
  7. Bore me the same as watching an industrial training film, or hearing a lecture on the physics of the three-point stance —Richard Ford
  8. Boring as airline food —Anon
  9. Boring as going to the toilet —Sylvia Plath
  10. Boring, like reading the Life Cycle of the Hummingbird —Dan Wakefield
  11. Could feel his boredom like an actual presence, like a big German shepherd that must be fed and restrained —Marge Piercy
  12. Life’s tedious as a twice-told tale —William Shakespeare

    This famous simile also appeared in Homer’s Odyssey in the format of a question, “What’s so tedious as a twice-told tale?.”

  13. Yawns [caused by a dull discussion] inflated in his throat like balloons —Derek Lambert



cut and dried See SIMPLIFICATION.

dry-as-dust Boring, extremely dull or dry; prosaic, unimaginative; concerned with petty, uninteresting details. Dr. Dryasdust is the name of a fictitious character created by Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century. The Doctor, a learned antiquary, wrote the introductory material or was mentioned in the prefaces to Scott’s novels. Currently, adjectival use of the term is most common.

She considered political economy as a dry-as-dust something outside the circle of her life. (Mary E. Braddon, Just as I am, 1880)

a month of Sundays See DURATION.

the screaming meemies See ANXIETY.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boredom - the feeling of being bored by something tediousboredom - the feeling of being bored by something tedious
dissatisfaction - the feeling of being displeased and discontent; "he was never slow to express his dissatisfaction with the service he received"
blahs - a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
fatigue - (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something; "he was suffering from museum fatigue"; "after watching TV with her husband she had a bad case of football fatigue"; "the American public is experiencing scandal fatigue"; "political fatigue"


noun tedium, apathy, doldrums, weariness, monotony, dullness, sameness, ennui, flatness, world-weariness, tediousness, irksomeness He had given up attending lectures out of sheer boredom.
interest, entertainment, excitement, amusement, stimulation
"Boredom: the desire for desires" [Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina]
"Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention and irreclaimable weakness of character" [James Bridie Mr. Bolfry]
"One can be bored until boredom becomes the most sublime of all emotions" [Logan Pearsall Smith Afterthoughts]
"Boredom is...a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it" [Bertrand Russell The Conquest of Happiness]


The condition of being bored:
سَأْممَلَلٌ، ضَجَرٌمللّ
nudadlouhá chvíle
sự buồn tẻ


[ˈbɔːdəm] Naburrimiento m


[ˈbɔːrdəm] nennui m


nLang(e)weile f; (= boringness)Stumpfsinn m, → Langweiligkeit f; with a look of utter boredom on his facemit einem völlig gelangweilten Gesichtsausdruck


[ˈbɔːdəm] nnoia


(boː) verb
to make (someone) feel tired and uninterested, by being dull etc. He bores everyone with stories about his travels.
a dull, boring person or thing.
ˈboredom noun
the state of being bored.
ˈboring adjective
a boring job; This book is boring.


سَأْم nuda kedsomhed Langeweile ανία aburrimiento tylsyys ennui dosada noia 退屈 지루함 verveling kjedsomhet nuda tédio скука långtråkighet ความเบื่อ can sıkıntısı sự buồn tẻ 厌倦


n. fastidio, aburrimiento.
References in classic literature ?
None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom or indifference over his inward joy.
His officers affected a superiority over the rest of us, but the boredom of their souls appeared in their manner of dreary submission to the fads of their commander.
A moment before I had been hot and faint with sheer boredom.
Sir Walter listened with grave attention, and his secretary with polite boredom, to the string of episodes by which the police had traced the flying rebel from the steps of the hotel to the solitary tower beside the sea.
My private belief is that she couldn't face the boredom.
Only last Sunday, when poor wretches were gay--within the walls playing with children among the clipped trees and the statues in the Palace Garden; walking, a score abreast, in the Elysian Fields, made more Elysian by performing dogs and wooden horses; between whiles filtering (a few) through the gloomy Cathedral of Our Lady to say a word or two at the base of a pillar within flare of a rusty little gridiron-full of gusty little tapers; without the walls encompassing Paris with dancing, love-making, wine-drinking, tobacco-smoking, tomb-visiting, billiard card and domino playing, quack-doctoring, and much murderous refuse, animate and inanimate--only last Sunday, my Lady, in the desolation of Boredom and the clutch of Giant Despair, almost hated her own maid for being in spirits.
If, seized by an intolerable boredom, he had determined to be a painter merely to break with irksome ties, it would have been comprehensible, and commonplace; but commonplace is precisely what I felt he was not.
What you say is quite true," observed General Epanchin; then, clasping his hands behind his back, he returned to his place on the terrace steps, where he yawned with an air of boredom.
Prince Andrew watched the commander in chief's face attentively, and the only expression he could see there was one of boredom, curiosity as to the meaning of the feminine whispering behind the door, and a desire to observe propriety.
The boredom of the afternoon was dissipated at once, and she was glad that Katharine had found them in a momentary press of activity, owing to the failure of the printer to send back certain proofs.
The English could not pale the sunshine, but they could in some miraculous way slow down the hours, dull the incidents, lengthen the meals, and make even the servants and page-boys wear a look of boredom and propriety.
Will, the moment before, had been low in the depths of boredom, and, obliged to help Mr.