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

Definition of bothersome

: causing bother : vexing

Examples of bothersome in a Sentence

a bothersome habit of dropping trash on the floor right next to the garbage can
Recent Examples on the Web However, there is the chance that even ingredients like essential oils will be bothersome too. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 This light gel-cream applies to the skin smoothly and won’t feel heavy or bothersome. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Then Kiffin, still mischievous at 47 and the equivalent of a bothersome little brother to the 56-year-old Fisher, went and did it again this winter. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2022 Confidence: Medium Sunday: Our bothersome low pressure storm system may hang out off our coastline. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Russian aggression and brutality thereby provide a rationale for discounting bothersome historical complexities dating from prior to, during, and after the existence of the Soviet Union, the reckless folly of NATO expansion not least among them. Andrew J. Bacevich, The New Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 While many look forward to eliminating some of the more bothersome outcomes of the pandemic—like mask requirements and social gathering limits—other byproducts of the pandemic, such as working remotely, are likely to linger for months to come. Clinton M Padgett, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 With the arrival of spring and soaring pollen counts, many seasonal allergy sufferers are seeking relief from bothersome, or even debilitating, symptoms. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Some attacks have been bothersome, slowing some Ukrainians’ internet service or knocking it out altogether, defacing websites, and destroying files on a small number of computers. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bothersome

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Bothersome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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