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Bore, boor, boar

A bore is someone or something that is boring. A boor is a clumsy or ill-mannered person. A boar is (1) a species of wild pig, and (2) the adult male of several species of mammals.

Bore also has several definitions relating to holes—most generally, (1) to make a hole through, and (2) a hole made by boring. It’s also the past tense of the verb bear, and it’s a noun for a tidal wave that travels up a river or narrow bay. In modern English, boor has no definitions unrelated to clumsiness or poor manners, and boar has no definitions unrelated to animals.


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Examples

Even the normally reliable Fassbender is a bore as the droid with a not-so-secret agenda. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

Clementi appears to have been coming to grips with his sexual orientation and Ravi was acting out as a rather despicable boor. [New York Daily News]

Killing wild boar with bows and arrows may sound primitive, but the National Parks Board (NParks) is considering the method to curb the animal population. [Straits Times]

Charlotte is meant to be the film’s free spirit, but she’s a pedantic bore. [Boston Globe]

The media and the public reliably conflate substantive moderation with declining to behave like a complete boor. [The Christian Century]

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