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boor Syllabification: boor

Definition of boor in English:

noun

An unrefined, ill-mannered person: at last the big obnoxious boor had been dealt a stunning blow for his uncouth and belligerent manner
More example sentences
  • ‘He's an obnoxious, self-righteous boor who didn't want anyone to ruin his precious ball,’ Violet answered sulkily, idly surveying her fingernails.
  • In the middle of my musings about medieval rapture, I heard a cell phone ring, and a man, who soon turned out to be a big boor, answer it.
  • Joe excepted, the movie industry folks are immoral, money-grabbing, cell-phone-using boors with big paychecks and bad attitudes.
Synonyms
lout, oaf, ruffian, thug, yahoo, barbarian, Neanderthal, brute, beast, lubber
informalclod, roughneck, troglodyte, knuckle-dragger, pig, peasant

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense 'peasant'): from Low German būr or Dutch boer 'farmer'. Compare with Boer.

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  • Before the Norman Conquest a gebūr was a peasant or tenant farmer, and is the source of boor, ‘a rough and bad-mannered person’. The Normans swept away the Anglo-Saxon social structure, and with it the word, until in the mid 16th century English readopted it from related Dutch and German words meaning a peasant or rustic. Much later, in the 19th century, the Dutch word boer gave rise to the Boer farmer of southern Africa. The second part of the word is also found in neighbour—literally a ‘nigh or near boor’ and in use in Old English.

Words that rhyme with boor

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