What does sore mean?

Definitions for soresɔr, soʊr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sore.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sore(adj)

    an open skin infection

  2. sensitive, sore, raw, tender(adj)


    "the tender spot on his jaw"

  3. afflictive, painful, sore(adj)

    causing misery or pain or distress

    "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"

  4. huffy, mad, sore(adj)

    roused to anger

    "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"


  1. sore(Noun)

    An injured, infected, inflamed or diseased patch of skin.

    They put ointment and a bandage on the sore.

  2. sore(Adverb)

    Very, excessively, extremely (of something bad).

  3. sore(Adverb)


  4. sore(Adjective)

    Causing pain or discomfort; painfully sensitive.

    Her feet were sore from walking so far.

  5. sore(Adjective)

    Dire; distressing.

    The school was in sore need of textbooks, theirs having been ruined in the flood.

  6. sore(Adjective)

    Feeling animosity towards someone; annoyed or angered.

    Joe was sore at Bob for beating him at checkers.

  7. Origin: sor, from sār (noun) 'ache, wound' and sār (adj.) 'painful, grievous', from sairan (noun) (compare Dutch zeer 'sore, ache', Danish sår 'wound'), and (adj.) 'sore' (compare German sehr 'very'), from pre-Germanic *sh₂ei-ro-, enlargement of sh₂ei- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Hittite sawar 'anger', Welsh hoed 'pain', Ancient Greek ōdía 'toothache').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sore(noun)

    reddish brown; sorrel

  2. Sore(noun)

    a young hawk or falcon in the first year

  3. Sore(noun)

    a young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck

  4. Sore

    tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, a sore hand

  5. Sore

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

  6. Sore

    severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore evil or calamity

  7. Sore

    criminal; wrong; evil

  8. Sore(adj)

    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

  9. Sore(adj)

    fig.: Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty

  10. Sore(adj)

    in a sore manner; with pain; grievously

  11. Sore(adj)

    greatly; violently; deeply

  12. Origin: [OE. sor, sar, AS. sr; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. sr, G. sehr very, Icel. srr, Sw. sr, Goth. sair pain. Cf. Sorry.]


  1. Sore

    Sore is second album released by sludge metal band Buzzov*en in 1994, through Roadrunner Records. It has since gone out of print.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sore

    sōr, n. a wounded or diseased spot on an animal body: an ulcer or boil: (B.) grief, affliction.—adj. wounded: tender: susceptible of pain: easily pained or grieved: bringing sorrow or regret: severe, violent, intense: wretched.—adv. painfully: grievously: severely, thoroughly.—n. Sore′head (U.S.), a person discontented with the reward for his political services.—adj. Sore′headed.—adv. Sore′ly, in a sore manner: grievously.—n. Sore′ness. [A.S. sár; Ger. sehr, very, Ice. sárr, sore.]

  2. Sore

    sōr, n. (Spens.) a hawk of the first year: (Shak.) a buck of the fourth year. [O. Fr. saur, sor, sorrel, reddish.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sore' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3102

Anagrams for sore »

  1. EROS, Eros, eros, ores, orse, roes, Rose, rose, rosé

  2. Ores

  3. Orse

  4. Rose


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sore in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terence:

    To touch a sore is to renew one's grief.

  2. Alfred Hitchcock:

    I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.

  3. Katharine Whitehorn:

    A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.

  4. Arabic Proverb:

    Among wonderful things is a sore-eyed man who is an oculist.

  5. Bill Marlette:

    There's no cartilage, i'm bone-on-bone. It is constantly inflamed and very sore.

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