Definition of boorish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːrɪʃ/
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊərɪʃ/


Rough and bad-mannered; coarse: boorish behaviour
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  • So you will appreciate I have a right and a duty to speak out when I witness boorish and loutish behaviour on the streets of Sligo, from whatever quarter it comes.
  • He's been given a priceless chance to put a positive spin on the events of his life, but still manages to come off as boorish, sexist and vulgar.
  • It's possible to view a pirate as boorish and crass or as vivacious and life-loving.
crude, vulgar, crass, tasteless, unsavoury, gross, lumpen, brutish, bearish, barbaric, barbarous, Neanderthal, philistine
British informal yobbish
Australian/New Zealand informal ocker



Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːrɪʃli/
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊərɪʃli/
Example sentences
  • The 73-year old former street-brawler now comes across as more of a genial, boorishly humorous gameshow host.
  • He yawned boorishly and stretched his arms above his head of crimson spiky hair, leaning backwards for some emphasis of his boredom.
  • For my grandfather, cops-much like baseball players and army veterans-acted as if their uniform gave them a license to behave boorishly.


Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːrɪʃnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊərɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • He swung from laying on the charm to cold-eyed boorishness and rudeness with alarming alacrity.
  • But I look around me and I see too much introverted, narrow-minded, self-congratulating boorishness.
  • For years they smirked at the boorishness of patriotism, until it occurred to them: Why scoff when you can hijack?

Words that rhyme with boorish


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