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1bother

verb both·er \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 \ˈth-riŋ, ˈbä-thə-\

Full Definition of BOTHER

transitive verb
1
:  to annoy especially by petty provocation :  irk
2
:  to intrude upon :  pester
3
:  to cause to be somewhat anxious or concerned <my stomach is bothering me> —often used interjectionally
intransitive verb
1
:  to become concerned <wouldn't bother with details>
2
:  to take pains :  take the trouble <never bothered to ask>
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Examples of BOTHER

  1. He's so easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him.
  2. Something he said at the meeting has been bothering me.
  3. The entire car trip was filled with complaints like, Mom, David keeps bothering me! and Will you tell him to quit bothering me?.
  4. Mother used to cook elaborate dinners, but with only herself to cook for, she doesn't bother anymore.
  5. Should I call later? No, don't bother.
  6. I'm not going to bother with the details.

Origin of BOTHER

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1728

Synonym Discussion of BOTHER

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness <their constant complaining annoys us>. vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety <vexed by her son's failure to clean his room>. irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit <careless waste irks the boss>. bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind <don't bother me while I'm reading>.

Rhymes with BOTHER

2bother

noun

: someone or something that is annoying or that causes trouble

: trouble or difficulty

Full Definition of BOTHER

1
a :  a state of petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry
b :  something that causes petty annoyance or worry
2
:  fuss

Examples of BOTHER

  1. Replacing the windows could be more of a bother than it's worth.
  2. I know what a bother driving into the city can be this time of day.
  3. Sorry to bother you. That's okay, it's no bother at all.
  4. I considered replacing that part of the floor but decided it wasn't worth the bother.
  5. He doesn't want the bother of filling out all those forms again.
  6. Will you mail this for me? It will save me the bother of going to the post office.

First Known Use of BOTHER

1788

Rhymes with BOTHER

BOTHERING Defined for Kids

1bother

verb both·er \ˈth-ər\
both·eredboth·er·ing

Definition of BOTHER for Kids

1
:  to trouble (someone) in body or mind :  annoy <bothered by flies>
2
:  to cause to worry <Your illness bothers me.>
3
:  to take the time or trouble <Don't bother to dress up.>
4
:  to intrude upon :  interrupt <Don't bother me while I'm on the phone.>

2bother

noun

Definition of BOTHER for Kids

1
:  someone or something that is annoying <This project is such a bother.>
2
:  commotion <The return of Mr. Bilbo Baggins created quite a disturbance … The legal bother, indeed, lasted for years. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>
3
:  a state of worry or annoyance <It's not worth the bother.>

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