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sore

[sawr, sohr] /sɔr, soʊr/
adjective, sorer, sorest.
1.
physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part:
a sore arm.
2.
suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person:
He is sore because of all that exercise.
3.
suffering mental pain; grieved, distressed, or sorrowful:
to be sore at heart.
4.
causing great mental pain, distress, or sorrow:
a sore bereavement.
5.
causing very great suffering, misery, hardship, etc.:
sore need.
6.
Informal. annoyed; irritated; offended; angered:
He was sore because he had to wait.
7.
causing annoyance or irritation:
a sore subject.
noun
8.
a sore spot or place on the body.
9.
a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.
adverb
10.
Archaic. sorely.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (adj., noun, and adv.); Old English sār; cognate with Dutch zeer, German sehr, Old Norse sārr
Related forms
soreness, noun
unsore, adjective
unsorely, adverb
unsoreness, noun
Synonyms
1. tender. 3. aggrieved, hurt, pained, vexed. 4. grievous, distressing, painful, depressing. 8. infection, abscess, ulcer, wound.
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British Dictionary definitions for unsore

sore

/sɔː/
adjective
1.
(esp of a wound, injury, etc) painfully sensitive; tender
2.
causing annoyance: a sore point
3.
resentful; irked: he was sore that nobody believed him
4.
urgent; pressing: in sore need
5.
(postpositive) grieved; distressed
6.
causing grief or sorrow
noun
7.
a painful or sensitive wound, injury, etc
8.
any cause of distress or vexation
adverb
9.
(archaic) direly; sorely (now only in such phrases as sore pressed, sore afraid)
Derived Forms
soreness, noun
Word Origin
Old English sār; related to Old Norse sārr, Old High German sēr, Gothic sair sore, Latin saevus angry
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Word Origin and History for unsore

sore

adj.

Old English sar "painful, grievous, aching, sad, wounding," influenced in meaning by Old Norse sarr "sore, wounded," from Proto-Germanic *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (cf. Old Frisian sar "painful," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer "sore, ache," Old High German ser "painful," Gothic sair "pain, sorrow, travail"), from PIE root *sai- (1) "suffering" (cf. Old Irish saeth "pain, sickness").

Adverbial use (e.g. sore afraid) is from Old English sare but has mostly died out (replaced by sorely), but remains the main meaning of German cognate sehr "very." Slang meaning "angry, irritated" is first recorded 1738.

n.

Old English sar "bodily pain or injury, wound; sickness, disease; state of pain or suffering," from root of sore (adj.). Now restricted to ulcers, boils, blisters. Cf. Old Saxon ser "pain, wound," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer, Old High German ser, Old Norse sar, Gothic sair.

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unsore in Medicine

sore (sôr)
n.
An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer. adj.
Painful to the touch; tender.


sore'ness n.
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Slang definitions & phrases for unsore

soph

noun

A sophomore (1778+ University)


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Idioms and Phrases with unsore

sore

In addition to the idiom beginning with
sore
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