pother

noun
poth·​er | \ˈpä-t͟hər \

Definition of pother 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a confused or fidgety flurry of activity : commotion

b : agitated talk or controversy usually over a trivial matter

2 : a choking cloud of dust or smoke

3 : mental turmoil

pother

verb
pothered; pothering\ˈpä-​t͟hə-​riŋ, ˈpät͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of pother (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put into a pother

intransitive verb

: to be in a pother

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Examples of pother in a Sentence

Noun

always in a pother over the state of her garden the pother of city traffic that commuters face every day

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back to business after a month of neglecting the words of the week while addressing one pother after another. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "In a word: pother," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of pother

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1692, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pother

Noun

origin unknown

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pot holder

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The first known use of pother was in 1591

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