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Feeling weary and impatient because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one's current activity:‘she got bored with staring out of the window’‘they hung around all day, bored stiff’‘bored teenagers’‘John was soon bored to tears with the work’‘she's bored out of her mind’
with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, purposeless, aimless, adrift, with time to killView synonyms
- ‘Long queues of bored, dejected people stretched from the various desks.’
- ‘As long as unemployment stays low, bored employees will be apt to bolt.’
- ‘The disc jockey himself looked bored stiff and completely disgusted by the music blasting from the two speakers beside his table.’
- ‘That's because they're bored silly with this whole ‘book tour’ thing, isn't it?’
- ‘The second question asked the interviewer to evaluate if the respondent appeared bored or impatient during the interview and was scored as a dichotomy.’
- ‘The solution in the end was even more fantastic; It was a bored teenager in his own back garden, letting fly at all the neighbouring houses.’
- ‘Neil no longer looked bored or impatient; he look dumbfounded.’
- ‘I think we need more help for bored young people and more things for them to do so they don't get their fun this way.’
- ‘But if you're bored stiff with your job and you feel you're just drifting along because it's easier that way, then think again.’
- ‘The resort also has an hotel and apartments to cater for families and couples and there are plenty of activities for those who get bored lying on the beach.’
- ‘Finally she gave up trying to read and sat at the table bored stiff, the book swinging idly in her fingers.’
- ‘But, with so many avenues for entertainment today to enliven the bored and the weary mind, is reading becoming a hobby of the past?’
- ‘The scheme, which has been welcomed by councillors, residents and the police, aims to tackle the problem of gangs of bored teenagers often gathering and intimidating people.’
- ‘They all took a shaky breath then started chanting some sort of incomprehensible song with the bored, rushed tones of someone who has performed said song many times before.’
- ‘Education provision, with its labyrinthine structure of exams and assessments, has moved on but the core issues of funding, favoured schools and bored teenagers have not.’
- ‘Moltar was barely paying attention to his cameras, already bored of the lack of action so far.’
- ‘After a while Cane began to get bored and impatient.’
- ‘Today's fair is a magnet for children, teenagers and bored parents.’
- ‘And if you find yourself getting bored lying by the pool, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.’
- ‘His letters have actually been written by two nasty, bored teenagers.’
The traditional constructions for bored are bored by or bored with. The construction bored of emerged more recently, and is extremely common, especially in informal language. Although it is perfectly logical by analogy with constructions such as tired of, it is not fully accepted in standard English
[in combination] (of a gun) having a specified bore:‘large-bored guns’
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