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Definition of bothered

: feeling or showing agitation, worry, annoyance, etc. Never had Johnny seen Rab so bothered about anything as he was over his inability to get himself a good modern gun.— Esther Forbes … insisted that there was really nothing to get all hot and bothered [=angrily upset] about.— Peter Berkowitz

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Recent Examples on the Web Scorching temperatures don't just leave people hot and bothered. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 Holmes didn't seem the least bit bothered by the heat wave in her cabin-chic ensemble. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 July 2022 The weather has got Brits so hot and bothered, poor heat management has become the latest criticism hurled at the nation's outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson -- this week held up as another example of the disgraced leader's failures. Angela Dewan, CNN, 19 July 2022 Others in London seemed less bothered, like the four artists painting graffiti on a mural wall outside Trellick Tower, a high-rise apartment building. Mark Landler, New York Times, 18 July 2022 Others in London seemed less bothered, such as the four artists painting graffiti on a mural wall outside Trellick Tower, a high-rise apartment building. Mark Landler,, 18 July 2022 Doctor Strange, meanwhile, always seems bothered to be asked. Globe Staff,, 5 May 2022 The gluten-free and white bread options don't compare to the Zojirushi, but for the size and ease of sliding loaves out of the bread holder, you likely won't be too bothered with this amazing machine., 15 Apr. 2022 But what if everyone who read a single book, my book, any other book about climate especially, and also personal technology especially, felt just a little more bothered afterward? ELLE, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bothered

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bothered

from past participle of bother entry 1

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“Bothered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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