Definition of sore in English:

sore

adjective

  • 1(of a part of one's body) painful or aching:

    ‘she had a sore throat’
    • ‘Her entire body was soon sore as she managed to sit up, rubbing at her throbbing head, trying to massage her temples.’
    • ‘By Tuesday, your throat is sore, your joints ache and you feel lousy.’
    • ‘It usually focuses on specific areas of the body, such as sore joints or muscles, to improve mobility and reduce pain.’
    • ‘Her whole body was sore, and she felt ready to go to bed.’
    • ‘It's possible that one may get a low-grade fever, slight sore throat, or muscle aches in the 24 hours following a flu shot.’
    • ‘Every part of his body was sore, and he felt extremely exhausted, like he had been working non-stop for a week.’
    • ‘Potential side-effects include sensitivity of the teeth to hot and cold, a sore throat, tender gums and white patches on the gums.’
    • ‘Bobby felt quite a bit better the following morning, but his entire body was still sore.’
    • ‘It is known to help treat wounds, sore gums and throats and even acne.’
    • ‘Some people also have a fever, a sore throat, deep tiredness and body aches.’
    • ‘Topical pain relievers are creams, lotions, or sprays that you put on your skin to relieve pain from sore muscles and arthritis.’
    • ‘A sudden onset of high fever, headache, a transient body rash, a sore throat and cough are the first signs.’
    • ‘My body was still sore from the onslaught and I had not moved the few times I had woken.’
    • ‘In diphtheria, the throat is moderately sore, with tender cervical adenopathy.’
    • ‘I mean headache, sore throat, muscle ache, stomachache, fever, and all that good stuff.’
    • ‘A sore throat is excruciating, but when it is coupled with a fever and a headache and a clogged up nose, it is more than miserable.’
    • ‘My whole body was sore and my legs ached as I made my way to the cafeteria.’
    • ‘After waking up with a sore throat, slight fever, and aches all over, I'm now realizing it's a good day to be sick.’
    • ‘He winced slightly as pain shot from his sore ankle and into his knee.’
    • ‘Common symptoms of the flu include headache, chills, a dry cough, aches and fever and a sore throat.’
    painful, in pain, hurting, hurt, aching, throbbing, smarting, stinging, burning, irritating, irritated, agonizing, excruciating
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    1. 1.1 Suffering pain from a part of one's body:
      ‘he was sore from the long ride’
      • ‘Even though all the pain was gone, I was still very sore and got tired easily which I didn't understand.’
      • ‘I burst in to tears again, I quickly stumbled out of my bed, trying to run away, forgetting I was extremely sore.’
      • ‘The landing stunned me and I was really sore and in pain.’
      • ‘Either way, never use more weight than you can handle with perfect form, and slow down if you feel pain during a workout or are especially sore or stiff the next day.’
      • ‘He said he was stiff and sore but had no serious injuries.’
      • ‘I'm already so sore inside that a little pain outside might actually be welcome, to create some equilibrium.’
      • ‘He was extremely sore but exhilarated at the same time.’
      • ‘I might be extremely sore today, but I was still managing to mix it up quite successfully with belts of my level last night…’
  • 2North American informal [predicative] Upset and angry:

    ‘I didn't even know they were sore at us’
    • ‘I yelled too loud, but I was sore, angry and tired of being used as a large punching bag by a spoiled four-year old.’
    • ‘. He was angry, now, sore as a skunk and with enough whisky inside him to keep Jim Beam going for ten years or so.’
    • ‘The Pacific Islander community is surely sore at being left out.’
    • ‘He looked at his buddies, all of whom were looking particularly sore at his victory.’
    • ‘Bear and Tiger became my friend but falcon was still sore at me for nearly killing him the first time we meet in the master's house.’
    • ‘The youth crowd around him and some take pictures; party activists feel sore at being kept away from him.’
    • ‘An old man was sore at having come to know about it so late in my life.’
    • ‘Kamaria glowered, still sore at having not noticed Link's talent sooner and angry at Linden for agreeing with him.’
    • ‘I'm sore from the hurt, from anger, from being left or having to leave, sore from all of that uninterrupted feeling.’
    • ‘Are you sore you missed out on the WotW trophy this week?’
    • ‘The British are particularly sore at the moment, because they believe the IRA has the upper hand in what is essentially a phoney war.’
    • ‘And the politically correct meddlers, abiding in the town halls and government departments of the land, were sore annoyed.’
    • ‘Had he been in a good mood, he might have spared me some suffering, but I'm sure he was still sore at me for yesterday morning.’
    • ‘What really made people sore was a system of political cronyism that awarded jobs and benefits to ruling party sympathizers.’
    upset, angry, annoyed, cross, angered, furious, enraged, in a temper, bothered, vexed, displeased, disgruntled, dissatisfied, indignant, exasperated, irritated, galled, irked, put out, aggrieved, offended, affronted, resentful, piqued, nettled, ruffled, in high dudgeon
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  • 3[attributive] Severe; urgent:

    ‘we're in sore need of him’
    • ‘He said the annual extravaganza, held in Aberystwyth, was in sore need of funds.’
    dire, urgent, pressing, desperate, critical, crucial, acute, grave, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme, life-and-death, great, very great, terrible
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noun

  • 1A raw or painful place on the body:

    ‘all of us had sores and infections on our hands’
    • ‘People generally try to avoid brown recluse spiders because their bites fester into painful sores.’
    • ‘The water is completely polluted in all of these villages and the people have horrible sores on their bodies.’
    • ‘Your partner could pass the infection to you even if there are no painful sores.’
    • ‘Melphalan may cause nausea, vomiting diarrhea, and severe mucositis with painful mouth sores.’
    • ‘For the animals, they develop nasty, fluid-filled sores all over their bodies.’
    • ‘In late summer this year, she was found wandering around South Milford, near Selby, covered in painful sores and having difficulty in breathing.’
    • ‘He had red sores all over his body, and his skin and hair was white.’
    • ‘Or you can mix 25 drops into 100 ml of hot water and gently apply to cuts, abrasions, sores and ulcers.’
    • ‘Painful spots or blisters turn into open sores, which scab over and heal.’
    • ‘You can use them to treat sores, bruises, cuts, boils and inflammatory skin conditions.’
    • ‘The sores are sometimes very painful but generally heal in 1 to 2 weeks without scarring.’
    • ‘Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach, upper small intestine or esophagus.’
    • ‘Some women are missing limbs, some women have sores over their body.’
    • ‘There were open sores and wounds all over her body and she was hardly able to walk.’
    • ‘After a few days, of course, the Avalyskians began to notice sores on their bodies and realized something was up.’
    • ‘Children with Coxsackie virus may become dehydrated because mouth sores can make it painful to eat and drink.’
    • ‘One of the sores on her body had penetrated to the bone.’
    • ‘So she was left alone, with her body full of sores, especially on her head.’
    • ‘He was lean and muscular, but painful scars and sores ran across his body like tattoos.’
    • ‘A mouth ulcer is a painful sore in the mouth on either the cheeks or gums.’
    inflammation, swelling, lesion
    wound, scrape, abrasion, chafe, cut, laceration, graze, contusion, bruise
    running sore, ulcer, ulceration, boil, abscess, carbuncle, canker
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    1. 1.1 A cause or source of distress or annoyance:
      ‘there's no point raking over the past and opening old sores’
      • ‘His case was a microcosm of a large, festering sore in the body of the entire Catholic Church.’
      • ‘It was a nasty game where old sores festered and attempts were made to settle long standing bitterness.’
      • ‘Regardless of its symbolic significance, however, Sangatte remains a pressing problem in its own right, and a running sore in Anglo-French relations.’
      • ‘For most of Elizabeth's reign, Ireland remained a festering sore in the Tudor body politic.’
      • ‘One poor display does not make a team a bad one, but problems that had been festering broke out into full-blown sores.’
      • ‘Perhaps it does not go too far to assert that until the Kashmir sore is at last healed, the poison that produced Gujarat will make other Gujarats increasingly likely.’
      • ‘Saturn points to all the open sores and cherished old wounds where we feel vulnerable to attack.’
      • ‘The traditionalists of the discontinuant left keep scratching the same old sores.’
      • ‘Now her neighbours are campaigning for action to eradicate the problem, which has been a running sore in the neighbourhood for several years.’
      • ‘Old sores weighed heavily on his mind and he vowed to repay them.’
      • ‘The Secretary argued that the reopening of all these old sores would benefit none but Germany.’
      • ‘The report adverts to a problem, which was to become a running sore, of allocating cash received by VKV to particular invoices.’

adverb

archaic
  • Extremely; severely:

    ‘they were sore afraid’
    • ‘I pounded on her door, and as I did I heard my own heart pounding, for I was sore afraid that someone might be up and after me.’
    • ‘And such men were sore afraid for the sons of Kahn.’
    • ‘The eclipse started, the natives were sore afraid, and Columbus eventually agreed to ‘return the Moon’ in return for food.’
    • ‘The men were sore afraid, but such was the confidence of Moses they were willing to follow him.’
    • ‘And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.’
    very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, tremendously, immensely, vastly, hugely
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Phrases

  • sore point

    • An issue about which someone feels distressed or annoyed and which it is therefore advisable to avoid raising with them.

      • ‘This development came after the company found that after-sales service has become a sore point with consumers purchasing consumer electronics and durables in the market.’
      • ‘American carriers, always a sore point for the enemy since the ships had escaped the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, were the prime targets in the Philippine invasion.’
      • ‘What is perhaps even more disturbing is that the PM made absolutely no mention of security measures at the nation's schools - what has been a sore point for certain principals as well.’
      • ‘At a recent post-dinner drink I had with the man in Berlin, the sting of the crowd (some of whom booed him off the stage before a proposed encore) was still a sore point.’
      • ‘Not long ago the issue of my height had been something of a sore point with me.’
      • ‘‘That's a major sore point for a lot of people,’ he said.’
      • ‘A man's roots are always a sore point to him, especially when he doesn't believe they run deep enough to support the tree he's currently hanging from.’
      • ‘She knew that had always been a sore point between them.’
      • ‘Another issue that constitutes a sore point in international criminal proceedings is the media coverage of the detention and trial of the accused.’
      • ‘The question of the Western Sahara remains one of the most intractable Arab-African problems, as well as a long-lasting sore point between Algeria and Morocco.’
  • stand (or stick) out like a sore thumb

    • Be very obviously different from the surrounding people or things:

      ‘you stick out like a sore thumb in that ghastly uniform’
      • ‘It will come as a relief to residents of Old Broadway, all of whom were fiercely opposed to something that would have stuck out like a sore thumb.’
      • ‘From a distance the house sticks out like a sore thumb across the countryside.’
      • ‘The centre has stuck out like a sore thumb for many, many years and at last something is being done.’
      • ‘The Times said that the theft was clearly the work of ‘a suspect, a scientist [who] stuck out like a sore thumb.’’
      • ‘I stuck out like a sore thumb because I was brought up to be polite and people are not quite sincere there.’
      • ‘The structure is the most terrible garish monstrosity - it sticks out like a sore thumb in the green belt.’
      • ‘We stuck out like a sore thumb: all pale skin and wearing black.’
      • ‘I stood out like a sore thumb in my lisle knee-socks and street clothes.’
      • ‘Is it going to be really stuck out like a sore thumb or is it going to blend in with the rolling hills and the space in that area?’
      • ‘The café was busy and loud, if people took the time to notice, we stood out like a sore thumb.’

Origin

Old English sār (noun and adjective), sāre (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeer sore and German sehr very. The original sense was ‘causing intense pain, grievous’, whence the adverbial use.

Pronunciation:

sore

/sɔː/