Boredom is an emotional state that comes when a person has nothing to do, and is not interested in anything. To stop boredom, most people do something to occupy or amuse themselves.
The first known use of the word boredom is in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens, written in 1852, but the saying to be a bore had been used to mean "to be tiresome or dull" since 1768.
Psychologically, boredom is a bad state in which the person feels a deep lack of interest in what is going on around them, and where it is hard to focus.
Images for kids
A souvenir seller appears bored as she waits for customers.
Boredom by Gaston de La Touche, 1893
1916 Rea Irvin illustration depicting a bore putting her audience to sleep
A superfluous man (Eugene Onegin) idly polishing his fingernails. Illustration by Elena Samokysh-Sudkovskaya, 1908.
The Princess Who Never Smiled by Viktor Vasnetsov