boring


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

bor·ing

 (bôr′ĭng)
adj.
Uninteresting and tiresome; dull.

bor′ing·ly adv.
bor′ing·ness n.
Synonyms: boring, monotonous, tedious, irksome, tiresome
These adjectives refer to what is so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. Something that is boring fails to hold one's interest or attention, often resulting in listlessness or impatience: I had never read such a boring book.
What is monotonous bores because of lack of variety: "There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea" (James Russell Lowell).
Tedious suggests dull slowness, long-windedness, or stultifying routine: "It was a life full of the tedious, repetitive tasks essential to small-press publishing and grassroots organizing" (Jan Clausen).
Irksome emphasizes the irritation or resentment provoked by something tedious: "I know and feel what an irksome task the writing of long letters is" (Edmund Burke).
Something tiresome fatigues because it seems to be interminable or to be marked by unremitting sameness: "What a tiresome being is a man who is fond of talking" (Benjamin Jowett).

boring

(ˈbɔːrɪŋ)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering)
a. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
b. the hole made in this way
2. (Mechanical Engineering) (often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring

boring

(ˈbɔːrɪŋ)
adj
dull; repetitious; uninteresting
ˈboringly adv

bor•ing1

(ˈbɔr ɪŋ, ˈboʊr-)

n.
1.
a. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
b. the hole so made.
2. borings, the chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring.
[1400–50]

bor•ing2

(ˈbɔr ɪŋ, ˈboʊr-)

adj.
causing or marked by boredom; tedious; tiresome.
[1835–45]
bor′ing•ly, adv.

Boredom/Boring

 

See Also: DULLNESS, LIFE

  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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boring - the act of drillingboring - the act of drilling      
creating by removal - the act of creating by removing something
2.boring - the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleumboring - the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
production - (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale; "he introduced more efficient methods of production"
Adj.1.boring - so lacking in interest as to cause mental wearinessboring - so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"

boring

boring

adjective
Translations
مُمل، مُضجرمـُمِلّ
avorrit
nudný
kedelig
tylsä
dosadan
leiðinlegurleiîinlegur
退屈な
지루한
dolgočasen
tråkig
น่าเบื่อ
sıkıcıcan sıkıcı
tẻ nhạt

boring

[ˈbɔːrɪŋ] ADJ (= tedious) → aburrido, pesado
she's so boringes muy aburrida or pesada

boring

[ˈbɔːrɪŋ] adjennuyeux/euse

boring

1
n (Tech, = act) → Bohren nt; (= hole)Bohrloch nt
adj boring machineBohrmaschine f

boring

2
adjlangweilig

boring

[ˈbɔːrɪŋ] adj (tedious) → noioso/a

bore2

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

boring

مـُمِلّ nudný kedelig langweilig ανιαρός aburrido, ser aburrido tylsä ennuyeux dosadan noioso 退屈な 지루한 saai kjedelig nudny chato, maçador скучный tråkig น่าเบื่อ sıkıcı tẻ nhạt 令人厌烦的
References in classic literature ?
Like an excited dog, George Willard ran here and there, noting on his pad of paper who had gone on business to the county seat or had returned from a visit to a neigh- boring village.
So confident were they of that ultimate prospect, that the wealth already thus obtained was religiously expended in engines and machinery for the boring of wells and the conveyance of that precious water which the exhausted river had long since ceased to yield.
The work was all done by the new boring machinery, with as little blasting as possible; but there would be falling rocks and crushed supports, and premature explosions--and in addition all the dangers of railroading.
Huck was in a close place -- the inquiring eye was upon him -- he would have given anything for material for a plausible answer -- nothing suggested itself -- the inquiring eye was boring deeper and deeper -- a sense- less reply offered -- there was no time to weigh it, so at a venture he uttered it -- feebly:
She was boring right into me with her eyes, and very indignant.
In the course of his Narrative, he relates two in- stances of murderous cruelty,--in one of which a planter deliberately shot a slave belonging to a neigh- boring plantation, who had unintentionally gotten within his lordly domain in quest of fish; and in the other, an overseer blew out the brains of a slave who had fled to a stream of water to escape a bloody scourging.
My dear Dorian," answered Lord Henry, taking a cigarette from his case and producing a gold-latten matchbox, "the only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.
Her yellow-green eyes were round and staring, boring straight into the eyes of the boy.
Amongst us you will not meet with any of those episodes with which your adventurous existence has so familiarized you; our Chimborazo is Mortmartre, our Himalaya is Mount Valerien, our Great Desert is the plain of Grenelle, where they are now boring an artesian well to water the caravans.
We drove the sharp end of the beam into the monster's eye, and bearing upon it with all my weight I kept turning it round and round as though I were boring a hole in a ship's plank with an auger, which two men with a wheel and strap can keep on turning as long as they choose.
It was Athos he had recognized, and Porthos who was boring a hole through the wall.
It has apparently been crowded out by the County Council, or the Lambeth Conference, or something equally boring.