Meaning of bore

bore




If your friends fall asleep every time you open your mouth, you might be a bore — someone who makes the people around them bored.

In 1738, Voltaire wisely wrote, “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” But the word bore is less boring than you think, since it can function as both noun and verb. You can bore a hole into something by drilling through it with a tool, and you can also bore people by being excessively dull, repetitive, or tedious to be around. And don’t forget the bore of a needle or gun barrel, which is the same as its diameter.

Definitions of bore
  1. verb

    make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool

    “carpenter bees are
    boring holes into the wall”
    synonyms:

    drill

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    types:

    spud

    initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum
    counter-drill

    drill in an opposite direction
    trepan

    cut a hole with a trepan, as in surgery
    type of:

    cut

    separate with or as if with an instrument

  2. noun

    a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

    synonyms:

    bore-hole, drill hole

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    types:

    shot hole

    drill hole for a charge of an explosive
    type of:

    excavation

    a hole in the ground made by excavating

  3. noun

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel

    synonyms:

    caliber, calibre, gauge

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    type of:

    diam, diameter

    the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference

  4. verb

    cause to be bored

    synonyms:

    tire

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    Antonyms:

    interest

    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

  5. noun

    a person who evokes boredom

    synonyms:

    dullard

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    gasbag, windbag

    a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics
    nudnick, nudnik

    (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
    platitudinarian

    a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes
    stuffed shirt

    a bore who is extremely formal, pompous, and old-fashioned
    type of:

    disagreeable person, unpleasant person

    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

  6. noun

    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

    synonyms:

    aegir, eager, eagre, tidal bore

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    type of:

    tidal current, tidal flow

    the water current caused by the tides

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