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It was as well I did not: the boor would not have known what I meant.

Am I Vicomtesse of Lavedan, or the wife of a boor of the countryside?

On the other hand, Steve felt a boor for having sent the books.

Some have no veneer like this boor, and some have the polish, but they are all the same underneath.

It was plain to every eye, moreover, that he was a gentleman and no boor.

Indeed, without it only a boor or a saint can be really comfortable.

He may be a boor, but Plutus lends a charm which eclipses the grace of Apollo.

God curse the day you sent me to Calais, a gentleman's son, to be beat by a boor!'

This was sternly denied, and they were ordered to appear at the house of the boor.

He was behaving like a boor; but it was better that she should think him one.

WORD ORIGIN

13c., from Old French bovier "herdsman," from Latin bovis, genitive of bos "cow, ox." Re-introduced 16c. from Dutch boer, from Middle Dutch gheboer "fellow dweller," from Proto-Germanic *buram "dweller," especially "farmer," from PIE *bhu-, from root *bheue- (see be). Original meaning was "peasant farmer" (cf. German Bauer, Dutch boer, Danish bonde), and in English it was at first applied to agricultural laborers in or from other lands, as opposed to the native yeoman; negative connotation attested by 1560s (in boorish), from notion of clownish rustics. Related: Boorishness.

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