boorishness

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Etymology[edit]

boorish +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

boorishness (usually uncountable, plural boorishnesses)

  1. The state or characteristic of being a boor or of being boorish; boorish behaviour.
    • 1888, George Gissing, chapter 8, in A Life's Morning:
      No refinement in him would now have surprised her; but neither would any outbreak of boorishness.
    • 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 21, in The Return of Tarzan:
      From the first the Russian had exhibited every trait of his true character—selfishness, boorishness, arrogance, cowardice, and lust.
    • 2009, "Nevermore With Jeffrey Combs As Edger Allan Poe Taps Every Emotion," Beverly Hills Courier, 31 July (retrieved 17 Aug. 2009):
      Unfortunately, there were moments of pure indulgence, drunken boorishness and rambling unintelligible poetry midway through the evening.

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