Definition of boor in English:


Pronunciation /bɔː//bʊə/


  • A rough and bad-mannered person.

    ‘at last the big obnoxious boor had been dealt a stunning blow for his uncouth and belligerent manner’
    • ‘I thought him to be a boor - coarse and crass, involved only in his immediate needs.’
    • ‘I don't imagine that I'll ever have the courage to take direct action against these types of boors, but I certainly appreciate those who do.’
    • ‘But with every passing week, he continues to carve himself a reputation as a baseball reactionary, a boor and a bore.’
    • ‘And he shows that he can play something other than a loudmouthed boor.’
    • ‘Fans of studio politics everywhere understand that while Harvey's a boor, Bob is merely churlish, and boors hardly ever stand down for churls.’
    • ‘In the middle of my musings about medieval rapture, I heard a cell phone ring, and a man, who soon turned out to be a big boor, answer it.’
    • ‘Mrs. Wilson wrote our names on her clipboard and told us sharply, ‘We are not a nation of boors.’’
    • ‘It might have been about having a choice between behaving like a sportsman or behaving like a boor and doing the latter because it suited him at the time.’
    • ‘Call me irresponsible, call me obsessed, call me a boor.’
    • ‘He describes the behavior of these insufferable boors.’
    • ‘When you were the defending champion the next year, you were criticized by the British press for showing up late to a function and acting like a boor.’
    • ‘Don't become hostile - in addition to looking like a boor you will probably alienate your patients.’
    • ‘And Junior interrupted him, ‘Because we don't like to put up with a bunch of party boors.’’
    • ‘I almost had him filed under arrogant boor, but then I caught him out being nice.’
    • ‘He is a smug, self-pitying boor who turns the caring doctor stereotype on its head.’
    • ‘Then, some sordid boor decided to interrupt the peace.’
    • ‘Obviously, a man who makes unwanted contact with a woman is a boor and maybe even a criminal.’
    • ‘Adrian is a boor and worse, and Lichi finds refuge at Andrew's place.’
    • ‘In Tampa, players who now are among his best friends once considered him a boor and a punk.’
    • ‘The next day, Kate informed David in no uncertain terms that he was an insensitive boor.’
    • ‘His sister is married to a boor whom he has always loathed and suspects she has come to loathe also.’
    • ‘He and those three sons of his are ill-mannered boors, louts and womanizers.’
    • ‘I suppose you have a few groups of such boors you spend time with regularly?’
    • ‘That's the kind of enthusiast that is being driven into oblivion by self-serving, loudmouth boors who think that they invented the microprocessor.’
    • ‘They see the boor in each of them and they laugh at it.’
    • ‘He gushes that millionaires come out of the ranks of undereducated free agents, but I've met a number of them, and sorry, they are, to a person, boors.’
    • ‘Joe excepted, the movie industry folks are immoral, money-grabbing, cell-phone-using boors with big paychecks and bad attitudes.’
    • ‘‘He's an obnoxious, self-righteous boor who didn't want anyone to ruin his precious ball,’ Violet answered sulkily, idly surveying her fingernails.’
    • ‘The insinuations that he was a cold fish who never talked with players and sometimes conducted himself as a tactless boor are not true.’
    • ‘Thus, after several months' exposure, the office boor who initially took two weeks to annoy you can accomplish the same feat in only seconds.’
    • ‘It will save you from being thought an uneducated boor.’
    • ‘She was almost certainly better-bred and better-mannered, and equally forthcoming when it came time to put boors in their place.’
    • ‘There are three counts in my indictment: he was a humourless boor, he was the epitome of negativity and his legend far outstrips his actual achievement.’
    • ‘But I call such a man a boor, an illiterate, a savage.’
    • ‘Marler's braying boor is funny but way over the top.’
    • ‘He tries to insinuate himself into her world, but she's not interested in a boor who thinks he can buy his way into her circle.’
    • ‘Such rote interpretative strategies betray a lack of imagination, like the cocktail-party boor who laughs at every wisecrack.’
    • ‘You know, sweetie, people who resort to swearing are boors.’
    • ‘He may be a lecher and a boor, but his class is never in question.’
    • ‘Those who are delighted by the cathedral of Chartres and the Meninas of Velasquez may think that those who remain unaffected by these marvels are boors.’
    • ‘I daresay you will roast me as a sexist boor, but there, I've said it.’
    lout, oaf, ruffian, hooligan, thug, rowdy, bully boy, brawler, rough, churl, lubber, philistine, vulgarian, yahoo, barbarian, neanderthal, primitive, savage, brute, beast, monster
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘peasant’): from Low German būr or Dutch boer ‘farmer’.