from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To disturb or anger, especially by minor irritations; annoy. See Synonyms at annoy.
- transitive v. To make agitated or nervous; fluster.
- transitive v. To make confused or perplexed; puzzle.
- transitive v. To intrude on without invitation or warrant; disturb.
- transitive v. To give trouble to: a back condition that bothers her constantly.
- intransitive v. To take the trouble; concern oneself.
- intransitive v. To cause trouble.
- n. A cause or state of disturbance.
- interj. Used to express annoyance or mild irritation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
- v. To do something at one's own inconvenience.
- v. To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
- n. Fuss, ado.
- n. Trouble, inconvenience.
- interj. A mild expression of annoyance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See pother.
- intransitive v. To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
- n. One who, or that which, bothers; state of perplexity or annoyance; embarrassment; worry; disturbance; petty trouble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bewilder; confuse.
- To give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry.
- [Used in the imperative as an expression of impatience, or as a mild sort of execration.
- Synonyms Pester, Worry, etc. See tease, v. t.
- To trouble one's self; make many words or much ado: as, don't bother about that.
- n. Blarney; humbug; palaver.
- n. Trouble; vexation; plague: as, what a bother it is!
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make nervous or agitated
- v. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
- n. an angry disturbance
- v. make confused or perplexed or puzzled
- v. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
- v. intrude or enter uninvited
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
- n. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
Probably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to Scots pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)