Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A commotion; a disturbance.
  • noun A state of nervous activity; a fuss.
  • noun A cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or smothers.
  • intransitive verb To make confused; trouble; worry.
  • intransitive verb To be overly concerned with trifles; fuss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a pother or bustle; make a stir.
  • To harass and perplex; bother; puzzle; tease.
  • noun A tumult; disturbance; confusion; bustle; flutter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Bustle; confusion; tumult; flutter; bother.
  • intransitive verb To make a bustle or stir; to be fussy.
  • transitive verb To harass and perplex; to worry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A commotion, a tempest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an excited state of agitation
  • verb make upset or troubled
  • verb make a fuss; be agitated

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain.

Examples

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  • A synonym for bother. Nothing will ever make me believe that this was not the result of someone typoing and then being too proud to admit it.

    May 23, 2007

  • Hm. . ."bother" apparently predates "pother" by a century or two, and both predate typwriters. Any what kind of word is "typoing" anyway?

    June 14, 2007

  • Typoing is a made up word. Facetious, however, is not.

    June 19, 2007