WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sore /sɔr/USA pronunciation   adj.,  sor•er, sor•est, n., adv. 
adj. 
  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;
    irritated;
    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.

adv. 
  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. 
adj. 
  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;
    irritated;
    offended;
    angered:He was sore because he had to wait.
  7. causing annoyance or irritation:a sore subject.

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

adv. 
  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.

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