both·​ered | \ˈbä-t͟hərd \

Definition of bothered 

: feeling or showing agitation, worry, annoyance, etc. Never had Johnny seen Rab so bothered about anything as he was over his inability to get himself a good modern gun.— Esther Forbes … insisted that there was really nothing to get all hot and bothered [=angrily upset] about.— Peter Berkowitz

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Synonyms for bothered


aggravated, annoyed, exasperated, galled, irked, irritated, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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There’s a charge for evening meals at the Smokehouse, but guests chowing-down on a Mediterranean cruise did not seem bothered about paying extra. Fran Golden, USA TODAY, "Shut the front door! Guy Fieri now has a BBQ eatery/brewhouse on a cruise ship," 1 May 2018 Chris, hot and bothered, treks to Becca's hotel through the empty streets of Richmond, VA. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 Tom Gallagher, a teacher who moved to San Francisco from New York a few years ago, isn’t too bothered. Carl Nolte,, "Streets of San Francisco are always being dug up," 30 June 2018 From a distance, it could be mistaken for a ficus hedge, but does not seem bothered by all the problems that plague Ficus benjamina, like whitefly, thrips and scale. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 Wolf, however, doesn’t seem bothered by the controversy, judging by an appearance on NPR’s Fresh Air that is scheduled to air today. Nick Vadala,, "No, Michelle Wolf was not arrested for bestiality in Hershey, Pa.," 1 May 2018 Meanwhile, Kushner does not seem bothered by losing some of his old pals. Mike Miller,, "Natalie Portman Calls Former Friend and Harvard Classmate Jared Kushner a 'Supervillain'," 15 June 2018 When top intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill one morning this week to give House members a classified briefing on the security of the upcoming elections, only 40 or so bothered to show up. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump wins a battle in the culture war as NFL owners cave on national anthem protests," 24 May 2018 Only about 44% of those eligible to vote bothered to cast a ballot, according to election officials. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Firebrand Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Could Emerge as Kingmaker in Iraq's Lackluster Elections," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of bothered

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bothered was in 1851

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