from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement.
- n. A peasant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A peasant.
- n. A Boer, white South African of Dutch or Huguenot descent
- n. A yokel, country bumpkin,
- n. An uncultured person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A husbandman; a peasant; a rustic; esp. a clownish or unrefined countryman.
- n. A Dutch, German, or Russian peasant; esp. a Dutch colonist in South Africa, Guiana, etc.: a boer.
- n. A rude ill-bred person; one who is clownish in manners.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A countryman; a peasant; a rustic; a clown; particularly, a Dutch or German peasant.
- n. Hence One who is rude in manners, or illiterate; a clown; a clownish person.
- n. [capitalized] Same as Boer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
It's a reversal of the premise of "Amadeus," in which the boor is the genius and the court favorite a composer possessing more in the way of political skill than musical gifts.
Stanley, for example, was often called a boor and a brute when in reality he was merely hiding a fine nature behind the armour necessary to resist native imposition and worse.
Though he is a boor, that is to be expected, as his father is an enlisted man.
According to this argument based on self-assertive aggressiveness, the boor was the man possessed of a strong personality, while the gentleman was relatively "impersonal."
I hear if you watch “Passion of the Christ”, you turn into the kind of boor that says that all sex should be within a context of looking to get married and have babies.
Rather, it's very clear that Will cut the line because it was an inconvenient impediment to his journalistic goal, which was to portray Webb as a "boor" who was rude to the Commander in Chief, and to show that this new upstart is a threat to Washington's alleged code of "civility and clear speaking" (his words).
Will calls Webb a "boor" and a "pompous poseur" (two phrases that might have popped into Will's mind while shaving in the mirror that morning) and asserts Webb has "patent disrespect for the presidency".
Rather, it's very clear that Will cut the line because it was an inconvenient impediment to his journalistic goal, which was to portray Webb as a "boor" who was rude to the Commander in Chief, and to show that this new upstart is a threat to Washington's alleged code of "civility and clear speaking" his words.
It is only a "boor" who seeks to impose his own hobbies and interests upon a stranger, disregarding entirely the presumable likes and dislikes of the latter.
The "boor" to whom I have already alluded protested against the presence of the "Negro" and made a pretext for leaving without paying his board.
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