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[boo r] /bʊər/
a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.
a country bumpkin; rustic; yokel.
Origin of boor
1545-55; < Dutch boer or Low German būr (cognate with German Bauer farmer), derivative of Germanic *bū- to dwell, build, cultivate; see -er1; cf. bond2
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore.
1. lout, oaf, boob, churl, philistine, vulgarian. Unabridged
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  • Or a boor cajoles someone into drinking vodka with him.
  • Maybe he'd best use an alias, lest he come across as a total boor.
  • Do it poorly, and you risk coming across as a narcissistic boor.
  • The boor has been returned to her miraculously transformed.
  • In his letters he referred to himself as an insufferable crab or boor.
  • The only interactive aspect is arguing with the boor on his cell phone two rows behind you.
British Dictionary definitions for boor


an ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive person
Word Origin
Old English gebūr; related to Old High German gibūr farmer, dweller, Albanian būr man; see neighbour
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Word Origin and History for boor

13c., from Old French bovier "herdsman," from Latin bovis, genitive of bos "cow, ox." Re-introduced 16c. from Dutch boer, from Middle Dutch gheboer "fellow dweller," from Proto-Germanic *buram "dweller," especially "farmer," from PIE *bhu-, from root *bheue- (see be). Original meaning was "peasant farmer" (cf. German Bauer, Dutch boer, Danish bonde), and in English it was at first applied to agricultural laborers in or from other lands, as opposed to the native yeoman; negative connotation attested by 1560s (in boorish), from notion of clownish rustics. Related: Boorishness.

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