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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sore mean? 

SORE (noun)
  The noun SORE has 1 sense:

1. an open skin infection

  Familiarity information: SORE used as a noun is very rare.

SORE (adjective)
  The adjective SORE has 3 senses:

1. hurting
2. causing misery or pain or distress
3. roused to anger

  Familiarity information: SORE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SORE (noun)

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An open skin infection

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("sore" is a kind of...):

infection (the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sore"):

blain (an inflammatory swelling or sore)

chancre (a small hard painless nodule at the site of entry of a pathogen (as syphilis))

fester; suppurating sore (a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus)

gall (a skin sore caused by chafing)

SORE (adjective)

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sore; tender; sensitive; raw

Context example:

the tender spot on his jaw


painful (causing physical or psychological pain)

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Causing misery or pain or distress


afflictive; painful; sore

Context examples:

it was a sore trial to him / the painful process of growing up


unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)

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Roused to anger


mad; huffy; sore

Context examples:

stayed huffy a good while / she gets mad when you wake her up so early / mad at his friend / sore over a remark


angry (feeling or showing anger)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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