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Meaning of sore by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English sor, from Old English sār ( noun ) 'ache, wound' and sār ( adj. ) 'painful, grievous', from Proto-Germanic *sairan ( noun ) ( compare Dutch zeer 'sore, ache', Danish sår 'wound' ), and *sairaz ( adj. ) 'sore' ( compare German sehr 'very' ), from pre-Germanic *sh₂ei-ro-, enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ei- 'to be fierce, afflict' ( compare Hittite sāwar 'anger', Welsh hoed 'pain', Ancient Greek aimōdía 'toothache' ) .


    • enPR: sô( r ), IPA: /sɔː( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /sO:( r )/
    • Homophone: soar, saw ( in non-rhotic accents )
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )


    sore ( comparative sorer, superlative sorest )

    1. Causing pain or discomfort; painfully sensitive .
      Her feet were sore from walking so far .
    2. Dire; distressing .
      The school was in sore need of textbooks, theirs having been ruined in the flood .
    3. ( informal ) Feeling animosity towards someone; annoyed or angered .
      Joe was sore at Bob for beating him at checkers .

    Derived terms


    sore ( not comparable )

    1. ( archaic ) Very, excessively, extremely ( of something bad ) .
      They were sore afraid .
      The knight was sore wounded .
    2. Sorely.



    sore ( plural: sores )

    1. An injured, infected, inflamed or diseased patch of skin .
      They put ointment and a bandage on the sore .

    See also


    • EROS, Eros, eros, ores, orse, roes, Rose, rose, rosé

Explanation of sore by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. roused to anger

    2. sore over a remark
    3. hurting

    4. causing misery or pain or distress

    5. it was a sore trial to him
    1. an open skin infection

    Definition of sore by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sore a. [F. saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. See Sorrel, n.] Reddish brown; sorrel. [R.]

      Sore falcon. ( Zool. ) See Sore, n., 1.

    2. Sore, n. ( Zool. ) A young hawk or falcon in the first year.

      2. ( Zool. ) A young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck.

    3. Sore, a. [Compar. Sorer ( ); superl. Sorest.] [OE. sor, sar, AS. sār; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. sr, G. sehr very, Icel. sārr, Sw. sår, Goth. sair pain. Cf. Sorry.]
      1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, “a sore hand”.

      2. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.

      Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy. Tillotson.

      3. Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, “a sore disease; sore evil or calamity”. Shak.

      4. Criminal; wrong; evil. [Obs.] Shak.

      Sore throat ( Med. ), inflammation of the throat and tonsils; pharyngitis. See Cynanche. -- Malignant sore throat, Ulcerated sore throat or Putrid sore throat. See Angina, and under Putrid.

    4. Sore n. [OE. sor, sar, AS. sār. See Sore, a.]
      1. A place in an animal body where the skin and flesh are ruptured or bruised, so as to be tender or painful; a painful or diseased place, such as an ulcer or a boil.

      The dogs came and licked his sores. Luke xvi. 21.

      2. Fig.: Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty. Chaucer.

      I see plainly where his sore lies. Sir W. Scott.

      Gold sore. ( Med. ) See under Gold, n.

    5. Sore, adv. [AS. sāre. See Sore, a.]
      1. In a sore manner; with pain; grievously.

      Thy hand presseth me sore. Ps. xxxviii. 2.

      2. Greatly; violently; deeply.

      [Hannah] prayed unto the Lord and wept sore. 1 Sam. i. 10.

      Sore sighed the knight, who this long sermon heard. Dryden.