- 1(Of a part of one’s body) painful or aching: she had a sore throatMore example sentences
- My whole body was sore and my legs ached as I made my way to the cafeteria.
- By Tuesday, your throat is sore, your joints ache and you feel lousy.
- I mean headache, sore throat, muscle ache, stomachache, fever, and all that good stuff.
- 1.1Suffering pain from a part of one’s body: he was sore from the long rideMore example sentences
- The landing stunned me and I was really sore and in pain.
- Either way, never use more weight than you can handle with perfect form, and slow down if you feel pain during a workout or are especially sore or stiff the next day.
- I'm already so sore inside that a little pain outside might actually be welcome, to create some equilibrium.
- 2 [predic.] • informal , chiefly North American Upset and angry: I didn’t even know they were sore at usMore example sentences
upset, angry, annoyed, cross, angered, furious, enraged, in a temper, bothered, vexed, displeased, disgruntled, dissatisfied, indignant, exasperated, irritated, galled, irked, put out, aggrieved, offended, affronted, resentful, piqued, nettled, ruffled, in high dudgeon• vulgar slang pissed off
- Kamaria glowered, still sore at having not noticed Link's talent sooner and angry at Linden for agreeing with him.
- The Pacific Islander community is surely sore at being left out.
- Bear and Tiger became my friend but falcon was still sore at me for nearly killing him the first time we meet in the master's house.
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- 1A raw or painful place on the body: all of us had sores and infections on our handsMore example sentences
- He was lean and muscular, but painful scars and sores ran across his body like tattoos.
- A mouth ulcer is a painful sore in the mouth on either the cheeks or gums.
- Painful spots or blisters turn into open sores, which scab over and heal.
- 1.1A cause or source of distress or annoyance: there’s no point raking over the past and opening old soresMore example sentences
- It was a nasty game where old sores festered and attempts were made to settle long standing bitterness.
- The Secretary argued that the reopening of all these old sores would benefit none but Germany.
- The traditionalists of the discontinuant left keep scratching the same old sores.
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- Extremely; severely: they were sore afraidMore example sentences
- The eclipse started, the natives were sore afraid, and Columbus eventually agreed to ‘return the Moon’ in return for food.
- And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
- And such men were sore afraid for the sons of Kahn.
- An issue about which someone feels distressed or annoyed and which it is therefore advisable to avoid raising with them.More example sentences
- Another issue that constitutes a sore point in international criminal proceedings is the media coverage of the detention and trial of the accused.
- American carriers, always a sore point for the enemy since the ships had escaped the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, were the prime targets in the Philippine invasion.
- She knew that had always been a sore point between them.
stand (or stick) out like a sore thumb
- Be very obviously different from the surrounding people or things: you stick out like a sore thumb in that ghastly uniformMore example sentences
- The café was busy and loud, if people took the time to notice, we stood out like a sore thumb.
- The centre has stuck out like a sore thumb for many, many years and at last something is being done.
- The Times said that the theft was clearly the work of ‘a suspect, a scientist [who] stuck out like a sore thumb.’
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- There was some soreness and discomfort at first, but nothing like what she expected and the operation left only a tiny scar.
- He suffered several small cuts to the top of his head, discomfort and soreness.
- You might feel soreness, a slight discomfort, or a bit weary, but you should not feel pain.
Old English sār (noun and adjective), sāre (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeer 'sore' and German sehr 'very'. The original sense was 'causing intense pain, grievous', whence the adverbial use.