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weary by dullness; fatigued, tired; annoyed: The story bored me.
Not to be confused with:
board – a long thin piece of wood; daily meals as in a boarding house; an official group of people who direct an activity: board of directors
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bore 1

v. bored, bor·ing, bores
1. To make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill.
2. To form (a tunnel, for example) by drilling, digging, or burrowing.
1. To make a hole in or through something with or as if with a drill: "three types of protein that enable the cells to bore in and out of blood vessels" (Elisabeth Rosenthal).
2. To proceed or advance steadily or laboriously: a destroyer boring through heavy seas.
1. A hole or passage made by or as if by use of a drill.
2. A hollow, usually cylindrical chamber or barrel, as of a firearm.
3. The interior diameter of a hole, tube, or cylinder.
4. The caliber of a firearm.
5. A drilling tool.

[Middle English boren, from Old English borian.]

bore 2

tr.v. bored, bor·ing, bores
To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious: The movie bored us.
One that is wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious.

[Origin unknown.]
Usage Note: If an activity or experience starts to bore you, are you bored by it, bored of it, or bored with it? All three constructions are common in informal writing and speech, but they enjoy different degrees of acceptance. The most widely approved wordings are bored with and bored by. In our 2012 survey, the sentences I'm getting bored with this lecture series and I'm getting bored by this lecture series were accepted by 93 percent and 88 percent of our Usage Panel, respectively. By contrast, only 24 percent of the Panelists found I'm getting bored of this lecture series at least somewhat acceptable. Why is the bored of construction so widely condemned, when tired of, on which it is presumably modeled, is universally accepted? Probably because tired of was grandfathered into our language, as a relic of the once-common use of of in passive-voice constructions (in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, for instance, Benedict describes himself as being "loved of all ladies"—that is, loved by them). By the time bore came into English in the late 1800s, the use of of to indicate the agent in passive constructions was uncommon. People have kept using such pre-existent familiar phrasings as tired of and frightened of, but otherwise the passive-agent use of of is mostly defunct, so the phrasing bored of is likely to seem like an error to many readers.

bore 3

See tidal bore.

[Middle English bare, wave, from Old Norse bāra; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bore 4

Past tense of bear1.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bored - tired of the world; "bored with life"; "strolled through the museum with a bored air"
tired - depleted of strength or energy; "tired mothers with crying babies"; "too tired to eat"
2.bored - uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgencebored - uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence; "his blase indifference"; "a petulant blase air"; "the bored gaze of the successful film star"
uninterested - not having or showing interest; "an uninterested spectator"
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adjective fed up, tired, hacked (off) (U.S. slang), wearied, weary, pissed off (taboo slang), uninterested, sick and tired (informal), listless, browned-off (informal), brassed off (Brit. slang), ennuied I am getting very bored with this entire business.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
kede (sig)
kojem je dosadno


[ˈbɔːrd] adj [person] → qui s'ennuie; [sigh, tone, look] → d'ennui
to be bored [person] → s'ennuyer
I was bored → Je m'ennuyais.
to be bored with sth → en avoir assez de qch
to get bored → s'ennuyer
to be bored to tears, to be bored to death, to be bored stiff → s'ennuyer à mourir
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈbɔːd] adjannoiato/a
he's bored to tears or bored to death or bored stiff → è annoiato a morte, si annoia da morire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


مَلول unuděný kede (sig) gelangweilt αισθανόμενος ανία aburrido, estar aburrido ikävystynyt ennuyé kojem je dosadno annoiato 退屈した 지루한 verveeld uinteressert znudzony aborrecido, entediado скучающий uttråkad รู้สึกเบื่อ canı sıkılmış chán 无聊的
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


a. aburrido-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


(pp de bore) adj aburrido; to become — aburrirse; He gets bored easily..Se aburre fácilmente.
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References in classic literature ?
"There, how do you manage never to be bored by things?
"How can you be bored? Why, you live in the liveliest set in Petersburg," said Anna.
The piece once cast, it must be bored with great precision, so as to preclude any possible windage.
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.
I was merely bored. I had seen the same show too often, listened too often to the same songs and the same jokes.
I never got bored on a trip like this, if I can make acquaintances and have somebody to talk to.
On his knees, he bored through the head of the first cask until the water rushed out upon the deck and flowed down into the bilge.