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bore•dom(ˈbɔr dəm, ˈboʊr-)
Boredombores collectively, 1883.
- Bored as Greta Garbo —Alice McDermott
- Boredom enveloped her like heavy bedding —Yukio Mishima
- Boredom … like a cancer in the breast —Evelyn Waugh
- Boredom, like hookworm, is endemic —Beryl Markham
- Boredom wafted from her like the scent of stale sweat —Anon
- Boredom was increasing … like a silent animal sadly rubbing itself against the sultry grass —Yukio Mishima
- Bore me the same as watching an industrial training film, or hearing a lecture on the physics of the three-point stance —Richard Ford
- Boring as airline food —Anon
- Boring as going to the toilet —Sylvia Plath
- Boring, like reading the Life Cycle of the Hummingbird —Dan Wakefield
- Could feel his boredom like an actual presence, like a big German shepherd that must be fed and restrained —Marge Piercy
- 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?.”
- 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.
|Noun||1.||boredom - 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"
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]