both·​er·​some ˈbä-t͟hər-səm How to pronounce bothersome (audio)
: causing bother : vexing

Examples of bothersome in a Sentence

a bothersome habit of dropping trash on the floor right next to the garbage can
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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bothersome was in 1817

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“Bothersome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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both·​er·​some ˈbät͟h-ər-səm How to pronounce bothersome (audio)
: causing bother

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