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  Dictionary Definition of sore

sore
adjective, sorer, sorest, noun, adverb

-- adjective
1. physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, diseased part, etc.
2. suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person.
3. suffering mental pain; grieved, distressed, or sorrowful: to be sore at heart.
4. causing great mental pain, distress, or sorrow: a sore bereavement.
5. causing very great suffering, misery, hardship, etc.: sore need.
6. Colloquial irritated, offended, or feeling aggrieved: What are you sore about?
7. being an occasion of annoyance or irritation: a sore subject.
-- noun
8. a sore spot or place on the body.
9. a source or cause of grief, distress, irritation, etc.
-- adverb
10. Archaic or Poetic sorely.
-- phrase
11. done up like a sore finger or done up like a sore toe, Colloquial dressed up in one's best clothes.
12. stand out like a sore finger or stick out like a sore finger, Colloquial to catch the eye by virtue of a contrast with surrounding people or objects.
[ME; OE sar, c. D zeer, G sehr very]
-- sorely, adverb -- soreness, noun