Main definitions of bored in English

: bored1bored2

bored1

adjective

  • Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one's current activity.

    ‘she got bored with staring out of the window’
    ‘they would hang around all day, bored stiff’
    • ‘The disc jockey himself looked bored stiff and completely disgusted by the music blasting from the two speakers beside his table.’
    • ‘Moltar was barely paying attention to his cameras, already bored of the lack of action so far.’
    • ‘Long queues of bored, dejected people stretched from the various desks.’
    • ‘His letters have actually been written by two nasty, bored teenagers.’
    • ‘Neil no longer looked bored or impatient; he look dumbfounded.’
    • ‘Finally she gave up trying to read and sat at the table bored stiff, the book swinging idly in her fingers.’
    • ‘The second question asked the interviewer to evaluate if the respondent appeared bored or impatient during the interview and was scored as a dichotomy.’
    • ‘That's because they're bored silly with this whole ‘book tour’ thing, isn't it?’
    • ‘And if you find yourself getting bored lying by the pool, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Today's fair is a magnet for children, teenagers and bored parents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a while Cane began to get bored and impatient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As long as unemployment stays low, bored employees will be apt to bolt.’
    with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, purposeless, aimless, adrift, with time to kill
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Usage

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

Pronunciation

bored

/bôrd/

Main definitions of bored in English

: bored1bored2

bored2

adjective

  • [in combination] (of a gun) having a specified bore.

    ‘large-bored guns’

Pronunciation

bored

/bôrd/