1both·er verb \ˈbä-thər\
: to cause (someone) to feel troubled, worried, or concerned
: to annoy (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel annoyed
: to take the time to do something : to make an effort to do something
both·eredboth·er·ing \ˈbäth-riŋ, ˈbä-thə-\
: to annoy especially by petty provocation : irk
: to cause to be somewhat anxious or concerned <my stomach is bothering me> —often used interjectionally
: to become concerned <wouldn't bother with details>
: to take pains : take the trouble <never bothered to ask>
Examples of BOTHER
- He's so easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him.
- Something he said at the meeting has been bothering me.
- The entire car trip was filled with complaints like, “Mom, David keeps bothering me!” and “Will you tell him to quit bothering me?”.
- Mother used to cook elaborate dinners, but with only herself to cook for, she doesn't bother anymore.
- “Should I call later?” “No, don't bother.”
- I'm not going to bother with the details.
Origin of BOTHER
First Known Use: 1728
: someone or something that is annoying or that causes trouble
: trouble or difficulty
a : a state of petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry
b : something that causes petty annoyance or worry
Examples of BOTHER
- Replacing the windows could be more of a bother than it's worth.
- I know what a bother driving into the city can be this time of day.
- “Sorry to bother you.” “That's okay, it's no bother at all.”
- I considered replacing that part of the floor but decided it wasn't worth the bother.
- He doesn't want the bother of filling out all those forms again.
- Will you mail this for me? It will save me the bother of going to the post office.
First Known Use of BOTHER
Related to BOTHER
- ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, commotion, bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian], disturbance, do [chiefly dialect], foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha (also hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry (or hurry-skurry), kerfuffle [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, stew, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo
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