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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Synonyms for bothered


aggravated, annoyed, exasperated, galled, irked, irritated, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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Portland is, according to these shows, anyway, downright hot and bothered., "What TV and movies say about Oregon: We’ve got sex on the brain, weirdos, and tons of supernatural creatures," 5 July 2019 But the machinery wore out in the late 1760s, leaving politicians as hot and bothered as ever. WSJ, "How We Kept Cool Before Air Conditioning," 20 June 2019 The super smiley tot didn't seem the least bit bothered by the cold—probably because he was adorned in a teeny tiny gray snowsuit from The North Face. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Bundled Up 7-Month-Old Crew in This Top-Rated Baby Snowsuit You Can Buy," 5 Feb. 2019 Reggie is even more impressed now, and Veronica doesn’t seem bothered by cheating…until the next morning, when Pop Tate warns her against becoming too like her father and reveals that Sheriff Minetta’s body was found the previous night. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 7: Why Has No One Noticed Betty Is Missing?," 6 Dec. 2018 Bottoms Up Espresso is planning to open up a new location in Chico, Calif., but the idea appears to have residents hot and bothered — and not in the way the owners likely intended. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Bikini-barista coffee chain in California drawing criticism from residents near next location," 30 Aug. 2018 There’s a charge for evening meals at the Smokehouse, but guests chowing-down on a Mediterranean cruise did not seem bothered about paying extra. Fran Golden, USA TODAY, "Shut the front door! Guy Fieri now has a BBQ eatery/brewhouse on a cruise ship," 1 May 2018 Chris, hot and bothered, treks to Becca's hotel through the empty streets of Richmond, VA. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 Tom Gallagher, a teacher who moved to San Francisco from New York a few years ago, isn’t too bothered. Carl Nolte,, "Streets of San Francisco are always being dug up," 30 June 2018

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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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