A sore is a broken patch of skin — something you might put a bandage on — or it's something that gives you pain, like a sore throat, that’s red and scratchy and painful.

You can have a sore and you can also be sore: if you've just ridden your bike over the Alps, you're probably pretty sore — achy and hurting all over. Maybe you've heard phrases like "Don't be sore at me, boss," from old gangster movies, meaning "don't be angry." A sore point or a sore subject is something you don't want to discuss, like the sensitive topic of your last history quiz, the one you slept through.

Definitions of sore

adj causing misery or pain or distress

“it was a sore trial to him”
afflictive, painful
disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

adj hurting

raw, sensitive, tender
causing physical or psychological pain

adj roused to anger

sore over a remark”
huffy, mad
feeling or showing anger

n an open skin infection

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an inflammatory swelling or sore
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
a skin sore caused by chafing
chilblain, chilblains, pernio
inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture
saddle sore
sore on a horseback rider chafed by a saddle
Type of:
the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

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