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
Recent Examples on the Web Preparing a list of your health concerns for an annual visit or writing down details about a bothersome new symptom are good starting points. Bonnie Darves, SELF, "5 Ways to Make the Most of a Doctor’s Appointment Right Now," 22 Feb. 2021 For the most part, their presence isn’t bothersome, said Coe Magruder, an investor who recently sold his home on Woodland Drive, about 3 miles from the White House. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "What Happens When Kamala Harris Lives in Your Condo Complex," 21 Jan. 2021 Still, the lasting effects could mean not just bothersome symptoms for a few people but a public mental health crisis, Banks says. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "COVID Can Cause Forgetfulness, Psychosis, Mania or a Stutter," 21 Jan. 2021 Despite topping out as the heaviest boot in the test, the weight felt less bothersome on our foot. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rubber Boots for Stomping Through Mud and Puddles," 6 Jan. 2021 Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 40s with a noticeable but not too bothersome northwesterly wind at around 10-15 mph. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Gusty winds ease up and temperatures drop overnight.," 5 Dec. 2020 An army of Boy Scouts and other volunteers muscled out a bothersome intruder at the White River Saturday morning: invasive plants. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Volunteers seek to clear White River banks in Hamilton County of invasive plants," 9 Nov. 2020 After issuing warnings to coaches who treated their masks like bothersome accessories in Week 1, the NFL escalated the matter Monday, handing down more than $1 million worth in fines. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If 4-year-olds can wear masks, so can Jon Gruden, Sean Payton and other NFL coaches," 22 Sep. 2020 Molino recently was named runner-up to Los Angeles FC’s Bradley Wright-Phillips for MLS Comeback Player of the Year despite a bothersome hamstring injury earlier this season. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Minnesota United spending pays off, with Kevin Molino next in line," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bothersome

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Bothersome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bothersome

: causing trouble or difficulty


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