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

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The Litter Robot puts forth a straightforward proposal: For $500, the mechanized litter box will transform the chore of constant scooping into a breezy task no more bothersome than taking out a garbage bag. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?," 23 Jan. 2019 This juxtaposition is bothersome: It’s shown in a flash and only to elevate the stakes of Jack and Nicky’s relationship. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Reveals the Truth About Nicky," 23 Jan. 2019 Landscape associations and manufacturers insist these hyperpolluting lawn tools aren’t bothersome or harmful if used properly and protest that leaf blowers are necessary for the hard work of removing leaves and debris. Adrienne Bernhard, WSJ, "Leaf Blowers Are Loud, Ugly and Dangerous," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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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