Definition of boring in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbôriNG/


Not interesting; tedious: I’ve got a boring job in an office
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  • The dull grey of the rain was making the normally interesting boring and unexciting.
  • But studies have shown that children are made to do boring, repetitive and tedious jobs and are not taught new skills as they grow older.
  • He becomes obnoxious, repetitive, boring, tedious.
tedious, dull, monotonous, repetitive, unrelieved, unvaried, unimaginative, uneventful;
characterless, featureless, colorless, lifeless, insipid, uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, unstimulating, uninvolving;
unreadable, unwatchable;
jejune, flat, bland, dry, stale, tired, banal, lackluster, stodgy, vapid, monochrome, dreary, humdrum, mundane;
mind-numbing, wearisome, tiring, tiresome, irksome, trying, frustrating
informal deadly, ho-hum, dullsville, dull as dishwater, plain-vanilla



Pronunciation: /ˈbôriNGlē/
[as submodifier]: the list is excoriated as boringly predictable
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  • He argues that ‘one doesn't want to be boringly predictable, but one should be consistent’; there ought to be about four parts predictability to one part innovation, he says.
  • As electioneering begins, pollsters are busy questioning voters about their priorities with boringly predictable lists: the economy, health, education and crime.
  • Perhaps because our everyday choices are so limited and our creative impulses so stifled, we embrace the abnormal because everything else is so boringly predictable.


Example sentences
  • It's a game of surpassing, even brilliant, boringness and I dare say I'm one of only a few thousand native-born American citizens who can follow its soporific plotlines.
  • I think if anyone tried to make a comic about the first two years of med school, the comic strip would spontaneously combust due to the mind-numbing boringness of the subject matter.
  • But its ordinariness and even boringness only make me like it more; ordinary places where extraordinary events have occurred are my favorite kind.

Words that rhyme with boring

flooring, Goring, riproaring, roaring, scoring, shoring

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Syllabification: bor·ing

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