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  1. of or like a boor ; unmannered; crude; insensitive.
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Origin of boorish

First recorded in 1555–65; boor + -ish1
Related formsboor·ish·ly, adverbboor·ish·ness, noun

Synonyms for boorish

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coarse , uncouth , loutish , churlish .

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Boorish, oafish, rude, uncouth all describe persons, acts, manners, or mannerisms that violate in some way the generally accepted canons of polite, considerate behavior. Boorish, originally referring to behavior characteristic of an unlettered rustic or peasant, now implies a coarse and blatant lack of sensitivity to the feelings or values of others: a boorish refusal to acknowledge greetings. Oafish suggests slow-witted, loutlike, clumsy behavior: oafish table manners. Rude has the widest scope of meaning of these words; it suggests either purposefully impudent discourtesy or, less frequently, a rough crudity of appearance or manner: a rude remark; a rude thatched hut. Uncouth stresses most strongly in modern use a lack of good manners, whether arising from ignorance or brashness: uncouth laughter; an uncouth way of staring at strangers.

Antonyms for boorish

refined .
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Related Words for boorish

rude , tasteless , vulgar , churlish , impolite , ugly , barbaric , uncivilized , coarse , cantankerous , clumsy , countrified , gross , gruff , ill-mannered , loud , loutish , oafish , ornery , provincial

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Contemporary Examples of boorish

  • Consequently, he was booed every time he touched the ball by the boorish, and unforgiving, Brazilians in the crowd.

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  • The commercial culture will tolerate multiple divorces, trips to rehab, and all sorts of boorish behavior.

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  • His conduct is boorish and intemperate; his views are anachronistic and absurd; his moral authority is zilch.

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  • Thus over and over reporters are told how Biden was boorish and interruptive and the administration is misleading on Afghanistan.

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Historical Examples of boorish

  • I repeat, it was an occasion when it would have been boorish in me to refuse to meet them halfway.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • This was why you were so—so boorish and disagreeable in that shop.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But the hour comes when they turn from their boorish company to higher things.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • In other words, there are some people who would be boorish under any circumstances.

    The Book of Business Etiquette

    Nella Henney

  • I regret to say that so far he is as rough and boorish as ever.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for boorish


  1. ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude
Derived Formsboorishly, adverbboorishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for boorish

1560s, from boor (n.) + -ish . Related: Boorishly; boorishness.

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Definition of ‘boorish’

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Boorish behaviour is rough , uneducated , and rude.


…their boorish rejection of the ageing movie star.
Synonyms: loutish , gross , crude , rude   More Synonyms of boorish

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boorish in British



ill-mannered , clumsy , or insensitive ; rude
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Derived forms

boorishly (ˈboorishly)

boorishness (ˈboorishness)

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boorish in American

; boorˈish)


like or characteristic of a boor ; rude; awkward ; ill-mannered

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Derived forms

boorishly (ˈboorishly)

boorishness (ˈboorishness)


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That may play itself out in terms of boorish behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He was lucky to have got away with his boorish behaviour towards women for so long. The Sun (2011)At big games there was were always some who would behave in a boorish manner. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Locals complained about spitting , loud voices and boorish behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And the experts reckon his boorish behaviour means he could struggle to find a top-notch replacement . The Sun (2011)He was accused of being boorish, arrogant and thick . The Sun (2011)You don’t have to search too hard to find examples of prominent rugby players guilty of boorish behaviour away from the pitch . Times, Sunday Times (2016)You’ve had enough of his boorish behaviour, right? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Over the next few days I witnessed more of his boorish behaviour, to the annoyance of many around him. Times, Sunday Times (2011)

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