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Synonyms for sore
sɔr, soʊr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sore(adj)

    an open skin infection

    pleasant, painless, unangry(p)

  2. sensitive, sore, raw, tender(adj)


    "the tender spot on his jaw"

    stark naked, sensitive, tender, bare-assed, new, fond, cranky, crank, raw, warm, naked as a jaybird, unsanded, natural, peeled, in the altogether, painful, cutting, in the raw, affectionate, crude, mad, tippy, afflictive, bare-ass, raw(a), rude(a), naked, bleak, huffy, lovesome, sensible, untoughened, in the buff

    pleasant, painless, unangry(p)

  3. afflictive, painful, sore(adj)

    causing misery or pain or distress

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

    mad, irritating, sensitive, huffy, painful, raw, terrible, unspeakable, tender, awful, afflictive, atrocious, abominable, dreadful

    unangry(p), painless, pleasant

  4. huffy, mad, sore(adj)

    roused to anger

    "stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain; "she gets mad when you wake her up so early"; "mad at his friend"; "sore over a remark"

    thin-skinned, huffy, unhinged, delirious, raw, sick, disturbed, feisty, insane, mad, harebrained, unbalanced, brainsick, demented, tender, excited, afflictive, frantic, unrestrained, crazy, sensitive, painful, touchy

    painless, pleasant, unangry(p)

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sore(a)

    painful, irritated, susceptible, excoriated, raw, scarified, ulcerous, grievous, afflictive, heavy, burdensome

    painless, sound, whole, healthful, healed, unbroken, unscarified, light, trivial, unburdensome, pleasant, untroublesome, grateful

  2. sore(n)

    pustule, abscess, ulcer

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sore(n.)

    ulcer, fester, abscess, imposthume, gathering, boil, pustule

  2. sore(a.)

    painful (from inflammation), tender

  3. sore(a.)

    pained, hurt, grieved

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sore(a)

    ulcerated, cankered, ulcerous, raw, inflamed, irritated, distressing, grievous, severe, grieved, pained, hurt, sensitive

  2. sore(adv)

    grievously, sorely, severely, greatly

  3. sore(n)

    ulcer, ulceration, imposthume, pustule, boil, abscess, canker, fester, blain, gathering, (venereal sore) chancre, chancroid

    Associated words:
    antiseptic, slough, proud flesh, poultice, salve, ointment, pledget, spleget

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    wound, painful, sensitive, pain

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How to use sore in a sentence?

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Anyone who is hateful rather than loveful is like a bear with a sore head i.e. he/she is irritable/disgusting. So, be loveful and never hateful.

  2. Yvonne Owens:

    McCall is all about the nostalgia of the place, we have walked down those streets so many times. We have swum in that frigid water until we were pruney. We have hiked through those woods and picked huckleberries until our fingers were blue and our legs were sore. The people are wonderful and we enjoy shopping in the same stores and eating in the same restaurants every time we are there.

  3. Latin Proverb:

    Fear not a jest. If one throws salt at you, you will not be harmed unless you have sore places.

  4. James Collins:

    At minimum, doing it helps maintain what you have, especially as an athlete and a football player, as he’s going through a season and his bodies getting beat up, everything starts to shut down — ‘Boy, I feel stiff. I’m sore. I can’t do this.’ But if you’re doing things throughout the season, like yoga, to help maintain what you’ve established with your body, that helps you get through the season, helps reduce your chance of injury and things of that nature.

  5. Adam Koessler:

    She would say, ‘Daddy, tummy’s not sore,’ and she would be able to eat like a champion and begin to gain weight.

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