If your friends fall asleep every time you open your mouth, you might be a bore — someone who makes the people around them bored.

In 1738, Voltaire wisely wrote, “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” But the word bore is less boring than you think, since it can function as both noun and verb. You can bore a hole into something by drilling through it with a tool, and you can also bore people by being excessively dull, repetitive, or tedious to be around. And don't forget the bore of a needle or gun barrel, which is the same as its diameter.

Definitions of bore
  1. verb
    make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool
    “carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall”
    synonyms: drill
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    initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum
    drill in an opposite direction
    cut a hole with a trepan, as in surgery
    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. noun
    a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
    synonyms: bore-hole, drill hole
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    shot hole
    drill hole for a charge of an explosive
    type of:
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
  3. noun
    diameter of a tube or gun barrel
    synonyms: caliber, calibre, gauge
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    type of:
    diam, diameter
    the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
  4. verb
    cause to be bored
    synonyms: tire
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    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  5. noun
    a person who evokes boredom
    synonyms: dullard
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    gasbag, windbag
    a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics
    nudnick, nudnik
    (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
    a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes
    stuffed shirt
    a bore who is extremely formal, pompous, and old-fashioned
    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  6. noun
    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
    synonyms: aegir, eager, eagre, tidal bore
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    type of:
    tidal current, tidal flow
    the water current caused by the tides
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