boorish
adjective Date: 1562 resembling or befitting a boor (as in crude insensitivity) • boorishly adverbboorishness noun Synonyms: boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish mean uncouth in manners or appearance. boorish implies rudeness of manner due to insensitiveness to others' feelings and unwillingness to be agreeable <
a drunk's boorish behavior
>
. churlish suggests surliness, unresponsiveness, and ungraciousness <
churlish remarks
>
. loutish implies bodily awkwardness together with stupidity <
a loutish oaf
>
. clownish suggests ill-bred awkwardness, ignorance or stupidity, ungainliness, and often a propensity for absurd antics <
an adolescent's clownish conduct
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Boorish — Boor ish, a. Like a boor; clownish; uncultured; unmannerly. {Boor ish*ly}, adv. {Boor ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Which is in truth a gross and boorish opinion. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boorish — index ignoble, inelegant, perverse, provincial, uncouth, unseemly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • boorish — 1560s, from BOOR (Cf. boor) (n.) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Boorishly; boorishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • boorish — loutish, clownish (see under BOOR) Analogous words: *awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept: *rude, discourteous, ungracious, uncivil, impolite, ill mannered Antonyms: gentlemanly Contrasted words: *suave, urbane, smooth: courteous, courtly, gallant,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • boorish — [adj] crude, awkward bad mannered, barbaric, bearish, cantankerous, churlish, cloddish, clodhopping*, clownish, clumsy, coarse, countrified, gross*, gruff, ill bred, ill mannered, impolite, inurbane, loud, loutish, lowbred, oafish, ornery, out of …   New thesaurus

  • boorish — [boor′ish] adj. like or characteristic of a boor; rude; awkward; ill mannered SYN. RUDE boorishly adv. boorishness n …   English World dictionary

  • boorish — boorishly, adv. boorishness, n. /boor ish/, adj. of or like a boor; unmannered; crude; insensitive. [1555 65; BOOR + ISH1] Syn. coarse, uncouth, loutish, churlish. BOORISH, OAFISH, RUDE, UNCOUTH all describe persons, acts, manners, or mannerisms… …   Universalium

  • boorish — [[t]bʊ͟ərɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED Boorish behaviour is rough, uneducated, and rude. What I did was not just stupid or boorish my actions were just plain wrong. Syn: oafish Ant: genteel …   English dictionary

  • boorish — boor|ish [ burıʃ ] adjective rude and not caring about other people s feelings: his boorish behavior ╾ boor|ish|ly adverb ╾ boor|ish|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • boorish — adjective we will not tolerate such boorish behavior from our officers Syn: coarse, uncouth, rude, ill bred, ill mannered, uncivilized, unrefined, rough, thuggish, loutish, oafish, lubberly, lumpen; vulgar, unsavory, gross, brutish, Neanderthal …   Thesaurus of popular words

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