Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An uncastrated male pig.
  • n. The adult male of any of several mammals, such as the beaver, raccoon, or guinea pig.
  • n. The wild boar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wild boar (Sus scrofa), the wild ancestor of the domesticated pig.
  • n. A male pig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The uncastrated male of swine; specifically, the wild hog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The male of swine (not castrated).
  • n. A military engine used in the middle ages.
  • n. Same as halluf.
  • Male: as, a boar squirrel.
  • Obsolete spelling of bore, bore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an uncastrated male hog
  • n. Old World wild swine having a narrow body and prominent tusks from which most domestic swine come; introduced in United States

Etymologies

Middle English bor, from Old English bār.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English boor, from Old English bār, from Proto-Germanic *baizaz (compare Dutch beer, dialectal German Bär), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoidʰ-s-o (compare Lithuanian baĩsas 'terrible apparition', Old Church Slavonic бѣсъ (bĕsĭ) 'demon'), enlargement of *bʰoidʰ-. More at bad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It seems that the boar is the most frightening creature in the swamp, even moreso than the alligator.

    Libertarian cajuns, dangerous boars

  • A great want of one part of the animal world has consisted in the desire of the exclusive possession of the females; and these have acquired weapons to combat each other for this purpose, as the very thick shield-like horny skin on the shoulder of the boar is a defence only against animals of his own species, who strike obliquely upwards, nor are his tushes for other purposes, except to defend himself, as he is not naturally

    Canto II

  • The wild boar is often called "the poor man's grizzly bear", and the last thing you need to worry about is destroying too much meat.

    I'm going hog hunting in Texas. I have limited options on what to use. What would be the best gun to bring out of these.

  • Hurry, the boar is coming over on the crocodiles, too.

    My Father's Dragon

  • F — and I were over the hedge and wading through the flax swamp before we saw that our game was bagged; indeed, we did not know he was dead, and approached him with the greatest caution, for a wounded boar is about the most dangerous animal to attack.

    A Christmas Cake in Four Quarters

  • They share local hunting knowledge and the spoils of a good day in the field at semi-regular events they call boar-b-ques and wild food dinners.

    NYT > Home Page

  • She’s tired of seeing what she calls my boar’s nest at my end of the table festooned with stacked books, medical articles, and newspapers, so she’s making me actually, she asked me very nicely go through them – which is my plan this weekend – and get rid of them.

    Bougainvillea in bloom | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • The only perceivable similarities between a goat and a boar are their hooves and general mammalian air but several scholars want us to believe that the majormost commonality is their respective external organs.

    Manly goats

  • “If the boar is your mother, then the hawk is my brother.”

    Aching for Always

  • We stripped ten thousand trout in October, and we're putting in German boar this spring. "

    The Firing Line

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