both·​er·​some | \ˈbä-t͟hər-səm \

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

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The humidity is more noticeable today, but not overly bothersome with highs in the mid-80s to around 90. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Sunny Friday ahead of a muggier holiday weekend with scattered showers and storms possible," 25 May 2018 Teen movies are usually synonymous with budding romance, bothersome bullies, complicated familial relationships, and the overall drudgery of high school. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 Low estrogen levels after menopause can lead to GSM, which comes with its own slew of bothersome symptoms, like vaginal dryness, itching, dyspareunia, urinary urgency and increased frequency, and urinary tract infections. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Actress Cheryl Hines on the awkwardness of menopause," 28 Sep. 2018 Sixty percent are men and 40 percent are women, and that’s really bothersome to me. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Biometrics Believer Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear, on Never Needing ID Again," 11 Sep. 2018 Cleveland has its share of bothersome contracts, though their damage is mitigated by the team's circumstances. Rob Mahoney,, "Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst," 29 June 2018 And there's another bothersome similarity: just like 2009, James seems alone in this series, having to once again carry a shaky and untested supporting cast to a Game 5 victory just to gain control of the series. Chris Fedor,, "LeBron James' game-winning shot brings back fond memories from 2009 for Larry Nance Jr.," 26 Apr. 2018 Cough-variant asthma happens because your body is trying to expel some sort of bothersome substance in your respiratory system. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Facts to Know About Cough-Variant Asthma, Which Is Honestly Kind of Weird," 8 June 2018 The condition can be extremely bothersome — and while there are treatments, there’s currently no cure. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How your cycling class could give you hearing loss," 31 May 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


both·​er·​some | \ˈbä-t͟hər-səm \

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