Definition of boor in English:



  • An unrefined, ill-mannered person.

    ‘at last the big obnoxious boor had been dealt a stunning blow for his uncouth and belligerent manner’
    • ‘‘He's an obnoxious, self-righteous boor who didn't want anyone to ruin his precious ball,’ Violet answered sulkily, idly surveying her fingernails.’
    • ‘It will save you from being thought an uneducated boor.’
    • ‘Thus, after several months' exposure, the office boor who initially took two weeks to annoy you can accomplish the same feat in only seconds.’
    • ‘Mrs. Wilson wrote our names on her clipboard and told us sharply, ‘We are not a nation of boors.’’
    • ‘But with every passing week, he continues to carve himself a reputation as a baseball reactionary, a boor and a bore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously, a man who makes unwanted contact with a woman is a boor and maybe even a criminal.’
    • ‘He describes the behavior of these insufferable boors.’
    • ‘Fans of studio politics everywhere understand that while Harvey's a boor, Bob is merely churlish, and boors hardly ever stand down for churls.’
    • ‘Don't become hostile - in addition to looking like a boor you will probably alienate your patients.’
    • ‘He may be a lecher and a boor, but his class is never in question.’
    • ‘Marler's braying boor is funny but way over the top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know, sweetie, people who resort to swearing are boors.’
    • ‘Joe excepted, the movie industry folks are immoral, money-grabbing, cell-phone-using boors with big paychecks and bad attitudes.’
    • ‘She was almost certainly better-bred and better-mannered, and equally forthcoming when it came time to put boors in their place.’
    • ‘Then, some sordid boor decided to interrupt the peace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suppose you have a few groups of such boors you spend time with regularly?’
    • ‘I thought him to be a boor - coarse and crass, involved only in his immediate needs.’
    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 Compare with Boer.