Definition of boor in English:


Pronunciation: /bʊə//bɔː/


  • A rough and bad-mannered person.

    • ‘And he shows that he can play something other than a loudmouthed boor.’
    • ‘They see the boor in each of them and they laugh at it.’
    • ‘I daresay you will roast me as a sexist boor, but there, I've said it.’
    • ‘He and those three sons of his are ill-mannered boors, louts and womanizers.’
    • ‘Call me irresponsible, call me obsessed, call me a boor.’
    • ‘In Tampa, players who now are among his best friends once considered him a boor and a punk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's the kind of enthusiast that is being driven into oblivion by self-serving, loudmouth boors who think that they invented the microprocessor.’
    • ‘And Junior interrupted him, ‘Because we don't like to put up with a bunch of party boors.’’
    • ‘But I call such a man a boor, an illiterate, a savage.’
    • ‘Adrian is a boor and worse, and Lichi finds refuge at Andrew's place.’
    • ‘I almost had him filed under arrogant boor, but then I caught him out being nice.’
    • ‘Such rote interpretative strategies betray a lack of imagination, like the cocktail-party boor who laughs at every wisecrack.’
    • ‘He is a smug, self-pitying boor who turns the caring doctor stereotype on its head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His sister is married to a boor whom he has always loathed and suspects she has come to loathe also.’
    • ‘The insinuations that he was a cold fish who never talked with players and sometimes conducted himself as a tactless boor are not true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next day, Kate informed David in no uncertain terms that he was an insensitive boor.’
    lout, oaf, ruffian, hooligan, thug, rowdy, bully boy, brawler, rough, churl, lubber, philistine, vulgarian, yahoo, barbarian, neanderthal, primitive, savage, brute, beast, monster
    clodhopper, clod, tough, toughie, roughneck, peasant, pig, bruiser, hard man
    yobbo, yob, chav, lager lout, oik, lump, ape, gorilla
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘peasant’): from Low German būr or Dutch boer farmer.