bore

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See also: bóre, borë, böre, bőre, bóře, bōrě, and boré

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English boren, from Old English borian (to pierce), from Proto-Germanic *burōną. Compare Danish bore, Norwegian Bokmål bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forō (to bore, to pierce), Latin feriō (strike, cut) and Albanian birë (hole). Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.

Boring a hole through a wooden plank with an auger.

Verb[edit]

bore (third-person singular simple present bores, present participle boring, simple past and past participle bored)

  1. (transitive) To inspire boredom in somebody.
  2. (transitive) To make a hole through something.
  3. (intransitive) To make a hole with, or as if with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool.
    to bore for water or oil
    An insect bores into a tree.
  4. (transitive) To form or enlarge (something) by means of a boring instrument or apparatus.
    to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole
    • (Can we date this quote by T. W. Harris and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the insect can bore [] a cylindrical passage through the most solid wood
  5. (transitive) To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
    to bore one's way through a crowd
    • (Can we date this quote by John Gay and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      What bustling crowds I bored.
  6. (intransitive) To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns.
    This timber does not bore well.
  7. (intransitive) To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They take their flight [] boring to the west.
  8. (of a horse) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Crabb to this entry?)
  9. (obsolete) To fool; to trick.
    • (Can we date this quote by Beaumont and Fletcher and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned, / Baffled and bored, it seems.
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Bore of a Krupp 38 cm gun at Batterie Vara / Møvik Fort, Norway.

Noun[edit]

bore (plural bores)

  1. A hole drilled or milled through something, or (by extension) its diameter.
    the bore of a cannon
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the bores of wind instruments
  2. The tunnel inside of a gun's barrel through which the bullet travels when fired, or (by extension) its diameter.
  3. A tool, such as an auger, for making a hole by boring.
  4. A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.
  5. One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
  6. Something that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome affair.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hawthorne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own verses.
  7. Calibre; importance.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *bore, bare, a borrowing from Old Norse bára (billow, wave). Cognate with Icelandic bára, Faroese bára.

Noun[edit]

bore (plural bores)

  1. A sudden and rapid flow of tide occuring in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave
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Verb[edit]

bore

  1. simple past tense of bear

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Cornish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *bāregos (morning). Compare Breton beure, Old Irish báireach and Old Irish bárach, whence i mbáireach and i mbárach (tomorrow), modern Irish amáireach (Munster, Connaught) and Irish amárach (Donegal).

Noun[edit]

bore m

  1. morning

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Czech[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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bore

  1. vocative singular of bor ("pine wood"):

Etymology 2[edit]

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bore

  1. vocative singular of bor ("boron"):

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Čmejrková, Světla; Hoffmannová, Jana; Klímová, Jana (2013) Čeština v pohledu synchronním a diachronním (in Czech), →ISBN, page 433

Dutch[edit]

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bore

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of boren

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and Louis Jacques Thénard in 1808, from the same root but independently of English boron.

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bore m (uncountable)

  1. boron

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A back-formation from boren; reinforced by Old Norse bora.

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Noun[edit]

bore (plural bores)

  1. A bore, hole, puncture or indentation.
  2. A gap, cavity or piercing.
  3. (rare, euphemistic) The anus; the asshole.
Descendants[edit]
  • English: bore
  • Scots: bore, boir
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English borian.

Verb[edit]

bore

  1. Alternative form of boryn

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English bār.

Noun[edit]

bore

  1. Alternative form of bor

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bora

Verb[edit]

bore (imperative bor, present tense borer, simple past and past participle bora or boret, present participle borende)

  1. to bore or drill (make a hole through something)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

bore

  1. past participle of bera

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *bāregos (morning). Compare Breton beure, Old Irish bárach (whence i mbárach (tomorrow), modern Irish amáireach and amárach).

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Noun[edit]

bore m (plural boreau)

  1. morning

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Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bore fore more unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.