American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To disturb or anger, especially by minor irritations; annoy. See Synonyms at annoy.
- v. To make agitated or nervous; fluster.
- v. To make confused or perplexed; puzzle.
- v. To intrude on without invitation or warrant; disturb.
- v. To give trouble to: a back condition that bothers her constantly.
- v. To take the trouble; concern oneself.
- v. To cause trouble.
- n. A cause or state of disturbance.
- interj. Used to express annoyance or mild irritation.
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!
- v. transitive To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
- v. intransitive To do something at one's own inconvenience.
- v. intransitive To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
- n. Fuss, ado.
- n. Trouble, inconvenience.
- interj. A mild expression of annoyance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See pother.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- Probably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yeah, hats off to them, no doubt most of them have been in bother that would make any man tremble.”
“The Tongan king on the other hand is happy to have dispensed with Nepotism after sacking his own bother from the job as PM prior, and has used Sevele for bleeding the country dry of its hard earned dollars and aid by handing over millions of dollars in exchange for public owned assets that the king claimed belonged to himself.”
“Does the impression the New York senator can't win bother her?”
“Sun Bear does have one valid complaint: Few who criticize or question his moniker bother to seriously investigate the matter by reading his blog.”
“OK, first off, does the fact that the flight number in the episode title bother anyone else?”
“Years of being “in bother” makes saying nothing as natural as breathing.”
“For anyone to say, 'I don't have a budget' or 'I don't want to bother' is like going to play professional football but saying you don't want to learn how to block," says Phillip Cook, a financial planner at Cook and Associates in Los Angeles.”
“Why do you freakin bother responding to wwallace who is a moron member of the ruling killer elite”
“The Bucs came out looking like the cold temperatures would once again bother them, punting on all seven of their first-half possessions.”
“(Laughter and applause) Now, the situation in Palestine is roughly this: On the north we are safe; the French have a mandate north of Damascus, about Syria and along the Baghdad Railway, and they keep us from any bother from the north.”
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