bothered

adjective
both·​ered | \ ˈbä-t͟hərd How to pronounce bothered (audio) \

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 Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 This is definitely the Louis Knight that got the judges all hot and bothered during the audition round. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "American Idol recap: The Top 20 make the most of first-ever remote show," 27 Apr. 2020 Lamah couldn't be bothered to work back and try to win the ball. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what to watch for during FC Cincinnati's preseason camp at IMG Academy in Florida," 10 Feb. 2020 Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Wall Street is less bothered than Main Street by a four-digit point drop in the venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Stocks Are Just Starting to Price in Coronavirus," 24 Feb. 2020 Amid the old tires and mattresses dumped on the riverbank, mounds of rank green weeds gave refuge to birds and grasshoppers, which didn’t seem bothered by the fecal stench. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Luckily, the contestant didn't seem bothered by the unexpected mishap that momentarily distracted everyone. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Had a Major Malfunction Last Night and Kelly Clarkson Freaked Out," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bothered

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bothered was in 1851

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20 May 2020

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“Bothered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bothered. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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