American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A commotion; a disturbance.
- n. A state of nervous activity; a fuss.
- n. A cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or smothers.
- v. To make confused; trouble; worry.
- v. To be overly concerned with trifles; fuss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tumult; disturbance; confusion; bustle; flutter.
- To make a pother or bustle; make a stir.
- To harass and perplex; bother; puzzle; tease.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Bustle; confusion; tumult; flutter; bother.
- v. To make a bustle or stir; to be fussy.
- v. To harass and perplex; to worry.
- n. an excited state of agitation
- v. make upset or troubled
- v. make a fuss; be agitated
- Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The damsel, now-a-days, who marries a lad younger than herself, is laying up a large stock of pother, which is to bother her when she becomes thirty -- for even young ladies, you know, after forty, may become thirty.”
“At the poem's centre is a debate about "exact thinking", and how such thinking translates into action, and whether emotion as opposed to reason is ever a justifiable ground for action, and whether action is ever worth it in the first place - though of course if were to be so, then it must first be based on absolutely exact thinking - and, as any sensible reader will swiftly deduce, this is exactly the sort of over-analytical "pother" (Claude's word) which is most discouraging to a woman who might be inclined to think that you might be inclined to be in love with her.”
“Therefore we have on hand an IBM Selectric for addressing envelopes and writing notes without the pother of computer printers.”
“There was no reason, really, why we shouldn't have bowled off publicly, but the less pother the better.”
“Each would be giving their own different Lewis Carroll take on the world to the pother and despite not listening, each would be convinced the other was in complete agreement with himself.”
“This has caused quite a pother amidst the right-wing punditocracy as you can well imagine, especially El Gordo.”
“The rare junk is not the information that it happened – something that is in reality one mildly surprising – but the pother its disclosure is creating.”
“If you can give no help, spare drowning me with your pother. —”
“A station or two later an elderly gentleman was getting ready to disembark, and was in something of a pother.”
“Once for the chantermale, twoce for the pother and once twoce threece for the waither.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘pother’.
with a chance of mizzle
A poor pathetic thing, but mine own.
words to use, memorize, lavish with my affections
These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
My P Words
my favorite voiceless bilabial plosive.
Facial expressions, methods for determining emotional states, and general terms for passionate emotional states.
I've put specific-emotion words in these other lists of mine:
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
comfortable, odd, delightful, even obscure, words
to use and rejoice in.
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