Sore Sore, n. [OE. sor, sar, AS. s[=a]r. See Sore, a.] 1. 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. 2. Fig.: Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty. --Chaucer. I see plainly where his sore lies. --Sir W. Scott. Gold sore. (Med.) See under Gold, n.