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

  • adj. Painful to the touch; tender.
  • adj. Feeling physical pain; hurting: sore all over.
  • adj. Causing misery, sorrow, or distress; grievous: in sore need.
  • adj. Causing embarrassment or irritation: a sore subject.
  • adj. Full of distress; sorrowful.
  • adj. Informal Angry; offended.
  • n. An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.
  • n. A source of pain, distress, or irritation.
  • transitive v. To mutilate the legs or feet of (a horse) in order to induce a particular gait in the animal.
  • adv. Archaic Sorely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing pain or discomfort; painfully sensitive.
  • adj. Dire; distressing.
  • adj. Feeling animosity towards someone; annoyed or angered.
  • adv. Very, excessively, extremely (of something bad).
  • adv. Sorely.
  • n. An injured, infected, inflamed or diseased patch of skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reddish brown; sorrel.
  • adj. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts.
  • adj. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.
  • adj. Severe; afflictive; distressing.
  • adj. Criminal; wrong; evil.
  • adv. In a sore manner; with pain; grievously.
  • adv. Greatly; violently; deeply.
  • n. A young hawk or falcon in the first year.
  • n. A young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Fig.: Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Painful, as being the seat of a wound or of disease; aching; specifically, painfully sensitive to the touch: said of the part affected, or, by extension, of the entire member or person concerned.
  • Inflicting physical suffering; giving bodily pain.
  • Suffering mental pain; distressed; painfully sensitive; touchy.
  • Bringing sorrow, misery, or regret; distressing; grievous; oppressive.
  • Associated with painful ideas or feelings; accompanied by grief, anger, mortification, regret, discomfort, or the like; serving as an occasion of bitterness: as, a sore subject.
  • Severe; violent; fierce.
  • Exceeding; extreme; intense.
  • Wretched: vile; worthless; base.
  • With physical suffering; so as to cause bodily pain; painfully.
  • In a manner indicating or causing mental pain; deplorably; grievously; bitterly.
  • Violently; fiercely; severely.
  • Exceedingly; thoroughly; intensely.
  • Firmly; tightly; fast.
  • To make sore; wound.
  • Reddish-brown; sorrel. See sorrel, and compare sorage, sore-eagle, sore-falcon, sore-hawk.
  • n. A hawk of the first year.
  • n. A buck of the fourth year. See sorrel, 3.
  • An obsolete spelling of soar.
  • n. A state of suffering or pain; grief; sorrow; misery.
  • n. A wounded or diseased spot on an animal body; a painful or painfully tender place, with or without solution of continuity, on or near the surface of the body.
  • n. A source of grief, distress, annoyance, or bitterness; a misfortune; a trouble.

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

  • adj. roused to anger
  • adj. hurting
  • n. an open skin infection
  • adj. causing misery or pain or distress

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English sār.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sor, from Old English sār (noun) 'ache, wound' and sār (adj.) 'painful, grievous', from Proto-Germanic *sairan (noun) (compare Dutch zeer 'sore, ache', Danish sår 'wound'), and *sairaz (adj.) 'sore' (compare German sehr 'very'), from pre-Germanic *sh₂ei-ro-, enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ei- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Hittite sāwar 'anger', Welsh hoed 'pain', Ancient Greek aimōdía 'toothache'). (Wiktionary)

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