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sore Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an open skin infection
  2. adjective satellite hurting
    raw; sensitive; tender.
    • the tender spot on his jaw
  3. adjective satellite causing misery or pain or distress
    painful; afflictive.
    • it was a sore trial to him
    • the painful process of growing up
  4. adjective satellite roused to anger
    huffy; mad.
    • stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain
    • she gets mad when you wake her up so early
    • mad at his friend
    • sore over a remark

Sore adjective
F. saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. See Sorrel, n.
  1. Reddish brown; sorrel. R.
Sore noun
  1. (Zoöl.) A young hawk or falcon in the first year.
  2. (Zoöl.) A young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck.
Sore adjective
OE. sor, sar, AS. sar; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. sr, G. sehr very, Icel. sarr, Sw. sår, Goth. sair pain. Cf. Sorry.
comparative Sorer ; superlative Sorest
  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 noun
OE. sor, sar, AS. sar. 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.
Sore adverb
AS. sare. 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.

Webster 1913