UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsɔːr/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/sɔr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sôr, sōr)

Inflections of 'sore' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
adj comparative
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sore /sɔr/USA pronunciation   adj.,  sor•er, sor•est, n., adv. 
  1. Pathologyphysically painful or sensitive, such as a wound or diseased part:a sore arm.
  2. Pathology suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc.:[be + ~]I'm sore all over from that heavy lifting we did yesterday.
  3. Pathology, Psychiatry suffering mental pain:[be + ~]sore at heart.
  4. Psychiatry causing great mental pain:[before a noun]a sore loss.
  5. causing very great misery or hardship:[before a noun]The team is in sore need of a new pitcher.
  6. Informal Terms annoyed;
    angered:[be + ~ (+ at + object)]The boss is sore (at me) because I lost her report.
  7. causing annoyance or irritation:Her accident with the car is a sore subject right now.

n. [countable]
  1. an irritated or infected spot on the body that is painful:His skin was covered with scaly sores.

  1. [Archaic.]sorely.
sore•ly, adv.: The injured star pitcher will be sorely missed by his teammates.
sore•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sore  (sôr, sōr),USA pronunciation  adj.,  sor•er, sor•est, n., adv. 
  1. Pathologyphysically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part:a sore arm.
  2. Pathologysuffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person:He is sore because of all that exercise.
  3. Pathology, Psychiatrysuffering mental pain;
    grieved, distressed, or sorrowful:to be sore at heart.
  4. Psychiatrycausing great mental pain, distress, or sorrow:a sore bereavement.
  5. causing very great suffering, misery, hardship, etc.:sore need.
  6. Informal Termsannoyed;
    angered:He was sore because he had to wait.
  7. causing annoyance or irritation:a sore subject.

  1. a sore spot or place on the body.
  2. a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.

  1. [Archaic.]sorely.
soreness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English (adjective, adjectival, noun, nominal, and adverb, adverbial); Old English sār; cognate with Dutch zeer, German sehr, Old Norse sārr
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tender.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aggrieved, hurt, pained, vexed.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged grievous, distressing, painful, depressing.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged infection, abscess, ulcer, wound.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sore /sɔː/ adj
  1. (esp of a wound, injury, etc) painfully sensitive; tender
  2. causing annoyance: a sore point
  3. resentful; irked
  4. urgent; pressing: in sore need
  5. (postpositive) grieved; distressed
  6. causing grief or sorrow
  1. a painful or sensitive wound, injury, etc
  2. any cause of distress or vexation
  1. archaic direly; sorely (now only in such phrases as sore pressed, sore afraid)
Etymology: Old English sār; related to Old Norse sārr, Old High German sēr, Gothic sair sore, Latin saevus angry

ˈsoreness n
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Collocations: I have a sore [throat, thumb, back, shoulder, arm], sore [glands, tonsils], have a sore spot on my [back, nose, face], more...

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