1. An injured, infected, inflamed or diseased patch of skin.
    They put ointment and a bandage on the sore.
  2. Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty.
  3. A group of ducks on land. (See also: sord).
  4. A young hawk or falcon in its first year.
  5. A young buck in its fourth year.


  1. Causing pain or discomfort; painfully sensitive.
    Her feet were sore from walking so far.
  2. Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.
  3. Dire; distressing.
    The school was in sore need of textbooks, theirs having been ruined in the flood.
  4. Feeling animosity towards someone; annoyed or angered.
    Joe was sore at Bob for beating him at checkers.
  5. Criminal; wrong; evil.


  1. Very, excessively, extremely (of something bad).
    They were sore afraid.
    The knight was sore wounded.
  2. Sorely.

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