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[boo r-ish] /ˈbʊər ɪʃ/
of or like a boor; unmannered; crude; insensitive.
1555-65; boor + -ish1
Related forms
boorishly, adverb
boorishness, noun
coarse, uncouth, loutish, churlish. Boorish, oafish, rude, uncouth all describe persons, acts, manners, or mannerisms that violate in some way the generally accepted canons of polite, considerate behavior. Boorish, originally referring to behavior characteristic of an unlettered rustic or peasant, now implies a coarse and blatant lack of sensitivity to the feelings or values of others: a boorish refusal to acknowledge greetings. Oafish suggests slow-witted, loutlike, clumsy behavior: oafish table manners. Rude has the widest scope of meaning of these words; it suggests either purposefully impudent discourtesy or, less frequently, a rough crudity of appearance or manner: a rude remark; a rude thatched hut. Uncouth stresses most strongly in modern use a lack of good manners, whether arising from ignorance or brashness: uncouth laughter; an uncouth way of staring at strangers.
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Examples from the web for boorishness
  • It's only seen as hostility and boorishness when the skepticism is turned your way.
  • Pushy boorishness is pushy boorishness regardless of the thinking that motivates it.
  • The subject is there, warts and all: the charm and laughter as well as the drunken boorishness.
  • We want them to see how to handle it responsibly and how to stop before the point of boorishness.
  • Refinement will have nothing to do with boorishness.
  • The jailbirds' boorishness is overplayed in the film--they're unbelievable.
  • Thankfully, the road from boorishness to insufferably precious pedantry is sometimes long and arduous.
British Dictionary definitions for boorishness


ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude
Derived Forms
boorishly, adverb
boorishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for boorishness



1560s, from boor (n.) + -ish. Related: Boorishly; boorishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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