both·​ered ˈbä-t͟hərd How to pronounce bothered (audio)
: 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

Examples of bothered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what’s most interesting about the fracas is that schools are so hot and bothered. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 So if downtown folks are so hot and bothered, why does Ultra keep coming back? Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 23 Mar. 2024 The typical advice is to avoid coffee, tea and ice, but Jones is less bothered. Julia Buckley, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 Several studios and distributors are circling the hot package, which should spark one of those good old fashioned bidding wars that get Hollywood so hot and bothered. Brent Lang, Variety, 8 Dec. 2023 Dakota Johnson, one of our least bothered celebrities, has once again turned out a street-style ensemble that's both unattainably fashionable and DGAF casual. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 23 Oct. 2023 Richards, 79, and Wood, 76, make their guitars bark and bang with a finesse eternally masquerading as rudeness, while Jagger, 80, sounds as hot, bothered, alert and connected as ever. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Of course, part of what made the moment so iconic (and messy) was the editing: Viewers will likely remember that, after Madonna locked lips with Britney, the camera cut to Justin Timberlake—Britney’s ex—looking very bothered, his eyebrows raised. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2023 For some time now, sensual music that leaves listeners hot and bothered has been classic Monáe. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023

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Word History


from past participle of bother entry 1

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bothered was in 1851

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“Bothered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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