boorish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj boorish ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance "was boorish and insensitive","the loutish manners of a bully","her stupid oafish husband","aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Boorish Like a boor; clownish; uncultured; unmannerly. "Which is in truth a gross and boorish opinion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • boorish Resembling a boor; clownish; rustic; awkward in manners; illiterate.
    • boorish Pertaining to or fit for a boor.
    • boorish Synonyms Boorish, Churlish, Clownish, Loutish. He who is boorish is so low-bred in habits and ways as to be positively offensive. He who is churlish offends by his language and manners, they being such as would naturally be found in one who is coarse and selfish, and therefore generally insolent or crusty and rough; the opposite of kind and courteous: as, it is churlish to refuse to answer a civil question. The opposite of boorish is refined or polite; the opposite of clownish is elegant. Clownish is a somewhat weaker word than boorish, implying less that is disgusting in manner and speech; it often notes mere lack of refinement. The difference between clownish and loutish is that he who is clownish is generally stupid and sometimes ludicrous, while he who is loutish is perhaps slovenly and worthy of blame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Boorish like a boor: awkward or rude
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. boer; Ger. bauer. The A.S. gebĂșr, a farmer, may explain the East Anglian bor, neighbour, as a form of address.

Usage

In literature:

Whether these are atheistic, immoral, boorish, cruel, are considerations of secondary importance.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
I hated to appear boorish, besides it would not serve my purpose.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
But Madge was in a white heat of passion over the young man's boorish retort.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
For, though they assume peasants' garb, they never betray boorish manners.
"Children's Books and Their Illustrators" by Gleeson White
I shall now to bed, dismissing all thoughts of a certain boorish individual from my mind.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
He libelled this boorish but able scholar, who held his office by appointment of Frederick.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
To some fastidious persons these boorish acts are a positive insult.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Perhaps I may sum up the analysis by saying, that, if polish is lacking to the colonial character, so also is boorishness.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Beginning by viewing the Colonel in sulky silence, he had answered his kinsman's overtures only by a rude stare or a boorish word.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Peter Furrer, more long-sighted than the rest, delivered it in a boorish fashion all his own.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was, if we believe the accounts of him, senseless and boorish in the extreme.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
To accuse him of ignorance or boorishness would have been absurd.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
What did she think of my boorishness?
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
What interest had he in boorish Simiti, or Guamoco?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Be cautious; yet conceal your caution under courtesy, for nothing is more boorish than open suspicion.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
And now give me your hand, sir; I regret beyond words my boorish conduct of this morning.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
One would think you some boorish night-watchman.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The Canadian officials, on the other hand, behaved with the utmost disrespect and boorishness.
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
In the midst of which I awoke to better recollections, made a lame word of excuse, and set myself boorishly to my studies.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He knows no glossing-over, and what is boorish in his peasants, he leaves boorish.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
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In poetry:

A child should always say what's true,
And speak when he is spoken to;
And then, when manhood's age he strikes,
He may be boorish as he likes.
"A New York Child's Garden Of Verses" by Franklin Pierce Adams
For boorishness hath brought its blight;
Her rare accomplishments are marred,
And every path, with promise bright,
By stupid tyranny is barred.
"Mesalliance" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

KC fans' bitterness turns to boorishness.
Why Dems Loved Biden's Boorish Behavior.
Boorish behavior reflects badly on society.
When it comes to 66-game season, think NBA: No Boorish Asterisk.
Darcy Is a Boorish Snob.
KC fans' bitterness turns to boorishness .
The bigoted, boorish creator of the "everything-is-bigger-in-Texas" myth, and the man who later re-examined his own prejudices and embraced a form of spiritual humanism.
LARRY DAVID IS THE PHILIP ROTH OF situation comedy, unafraid to reveal just how devious, petty, annoying, argumentative, selfish, boorish and insensitive he can be.
He may be boorish, but Kyle (Seth Rogen, pictured right) genuinely wants what's best for Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
Nigel Chisholm (center) plays her boorish husband, Sir John Brute, and Casey Solow portrays her niece, Bellinda.
What a bummer it is to read Boston University's report on the "culture of sexual entitlement" and general boorishness among its hockey players.
And we have a sneaking suspicion that, after you read Doyel's story on how the "Boorish Bronx faithful don't deserve A-Rod," you're not going to care much for him either.
Fans tone down boorish behavior during Crew win.
Tired of boorish behavior, the mayor of Brussels pushed for a new law that imposes stiff fines for infractions ranging from sexist, racist or homophobic comments to failing to clean up after your dog.
Does a new draft of an Army manual on cultural sensitivity blame boorish Americans for attacks by Afghan soldiers.
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