both·​er·​some | \ ˈbä-t͟hər-səm How to pronounce bothersome (audio) \

Definition of bothersome

: causing bother : vexing

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a bothersome habit of dropping trash on the floor right next to the garbage can
Recent Examples on the Web Maxwell, who lives in San Luis Obispo, would happily return to the Sunset Drive-In, but the prospect of restroom queues is bothersome. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "The need to go is a big barrier to going out. Why public bathrooms are a stumbling block for reopening.," 19 May 2020 If fumes are bothersome, be sure to open bathroom windows and turn on the ventilation fan to bring in fresh air and hurry the drying process along. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Carpets, and Wood Floors, and Tile," 12 Feb. 2020 Source: Rhodium Climate Service For the 62-year-old Mr. Ford, such criticism was bothersome, colleagues said. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "The Auto Industry Wanted Easier Environmental Rules. It Got Chaos.," 3 Feb. 2020 Never combine disinfecting or any cleaning products (bleach and vinegar, for example) and open the window or ventilate a room if fumes become bothersome. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Are Natural Disinfectants Effective? How to Find the Best Cleaner to Kill Germs," 2 Apr. 2020 Oprah is going on tour: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, JLo, Dwayne Johnson will join After regaining her composure, Winfrey ditched her bothersome heels and opted to go barefoot for a while before switching into a more comfortable option. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Oprah Winfrey falls down at wellness tour while talking about 'balance;' loses shoes," 1 Mar. 2020 The most the officers could do, Singh said, was to allow villagers to catch the monkeys themselves and help them release the bothersome simians into the wild elsewhere. Fox News, "Villagers in India dress up as bears to scare off more than 2,000 monkeys," 30 Jan. 2020 The past few years have been bumpy for the Fifth Avenue behemoth, rattled by bothersome budget holes, lurches in leadership and stalled building projects. Washington Post, "The Met is the world’s greatest art museum. Three under-the-radar shows confirm it — again.," 10 Jan. 2020 But his back became bothersome during the preseason and he was shut down after the first two games of the season. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "For Detroit Pistons, two more weeks without Reggie Jackson is too long," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bothersome

1817, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Bothersome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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: causing trouble or difficulty


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