American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resembling or characteristic of a boor; rude and clumsy in behavior.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a boor; clownish; rustic; awkward in manners; illiterate.
- Pertaining to or fit for a boor.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a boor; clownish; uncultured; unmannerly.
- adj. ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
- boor ("peasant") + -ish. (Wiktionary)
“FDR was branded as a sick demented dictator, Truman was called a boorish drunk, Kennedy was a spineless commie dupe.”
“Mountains of northern Spain leave their poor country for a time for the richer provinces of Portugal and Spain, where they become porters, water-carriers and scavengers, and are known as boorish, but industrious and honest.”
“If Americans acted this way, we'd be called boorish or jingoistic.”
“Philadelphia fans are known as boorish and hate-filled, frequently vilified by columnists too lazy to come up with something other than an incident when fans threw snowballs at Santa.”
“What kind of boorish, tastless clods subscribe to this blog anyway???”
“If this is the best you have, then vote for the 'boorish' McCain, you ignorant slouch.”
“Over the next seven decades, as pro sports increasingly became the city's remaining portal into the nation's consciousness, you could add the epithet "boorish" to "boring" -- there were snowballs at Santa Claus (sort of) and catcalls for just about anyone.”
“In fact, the Talmud describes the Zealots as biryonim, meaning "boorish" or "wild", and are condemned for their aggression, their unwillingness to compromise to save the survivors of besieged Jerusalem, and their blind-militarism.”
“I mean, is it this cartoonish that -- that he could just come out and forget about the merits of the argument one way or the other and just attack the messenger in this kind of boorish a way?”
“This kind of boorish behaviour will only attract investigative efforts.”
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