1. <symptom> Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; said of the body or its parts; as, a sore hand.
2. Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation. "Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy." (Tillotson)
3. <medicine> Sore throat, inflammation of the throat and tonsils; pharyngitis. See Cynanche. Malignant, Ulcerated or Putrid, sore throat.
4. <zoology> A young hawk or falcon in the first year. A young buck in the fourth year.
5. A place in an animal body where the skin and flesh are ruptured or bruised, so as to be tender or painful; a painful or diseased place, such as an ulcer or a boil. "The dogs came and licked his sores." (Luke xvi. 21)
Origin: F. Saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. See Sorrel.
(04 Mar 1998)