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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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Examples from the Web for boors
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  • It was the clergyman with some boors from the village, who immediately began to make search all over in the house.

  • I felt it that first evening, when we behaved toward her like a couple of boors.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Of those that fell into the hands of the Russian boors, many were stripped of their clothing and chased to death through the snow.

  • But we shall name him, as the boors have done, a “wild hound.”

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • When the host proposes a toast, we should be boors if we refused to honor it.

    Frdrique; vol. 1 Charles Paul de Kock
  • I understood; and, without taking leave of the two boors, I left the room.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Landed not fifteen minutes ago, and in close confab with one of our boors already?

  • Mention them in English, and we are at once boors and churls.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • They all took their places upon the forms over-against the boors in the lower end of the hall, and were covered.

  • And just because they themselves are cattle, horses, boors, who don't understand the tailor's art!

    Yiddish Tales Various
British Dictionary definitions for boors


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 boors



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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