from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To make confused; trouble; worry.
  • intransitive v. To be overly concerned with trifles; fuss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A commotion, a tempest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. an excited state of agitation
  • v. make upset or troubled
  • v. make a fuss; be agitated


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

Origin unknown.

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Origin uncertain.


  • 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.

    Confession, or, the Blind Heart; a Domestic Story

  • 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.

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  • Therefore we have on hand an IBM Selectric for addressing envelopes and writing notes without the pother of computer printers.

    Red Room: Fran Moreland Johns: Your Stuff as 'Art'

  • 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.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

  • This has caused quite a pother amidst the right-wing punditocracy as you can well imagine, especially El Gordo.

    Lionel: Obama in Cairo: The Immutable Sapience of the Good Book(s)

  • 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.

    Lost in translation « Anglican Samizdat

  • If you can give no help, spare drowning me with your pother. —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • A station or two later an elderly gentleman was getting ready to disembark, and was in something of a pother.

    The Beagle Project on the BBC and cut dead by creationists on a train.

  • Once for the chantermale, twoce for the pother and once twoce threece for the waither.

    Finnegans Wake


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

    June 19, 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

  • 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