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

Definition of bothersome

: causing bother : vexing

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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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Toward that end, Munoz required a platelet-rich plasma injection for a bothersome forearm that delayed the start of his 2018 campaign. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Padres prospect Andres Munoz rising almost as fast as his famed fastball," 20 June 2019 Beset by a bothersome blister last year, Gore is 7-1 with a 1.12 ERA, 101 strikeouts and an 0.69 WHIP over a career-high 72 2/3 innings in the California League. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Padres pitching prospects headed to All-Star Futures Game," 28 June 2019 Instead, in most cases, bureaucrats simply react to the loudest and most bothersome agitation. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 Being heavy and unwieldy, however, the chunky fruit is bothersome to purchase and prepare, somewhat mitigating its touted effect. Crystal Reid, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Island Is Trying to Save the World. But Why?," 12 June 2019 The cost to the Treasury was lower and there were no bothersome surpluses moldering in storage. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 And Andre Iguodala, whose clutch 3-pointer sealed a 109-104 win Sunday, will continue to play through a bothersome leg injury. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "As Warriors’ injuries mount, Stephen Curry is picking up more of the slack," 5 June 2019 The health of Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has been a question this offseason as the All-Pro continues to work his way back from a bothersome knee injury that plagued him during the playoffs. Scooby Axson,, "Report: Todd Gurley Won't Be Rams Workhorse Back After Knee Injury Concerns," 4 June 2019 In addition to the butterfly keys, the new MacBook Air's port situation may turn bothersome. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New MacBook Air, Mac mini hands-on: Making old favorites new again," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bothersome

1817, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bothersome

: causing trouble or difficulty


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