pother

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noun

poth·​er ˈpä-t͟hər How to pronounce pother (audio)
1
a
: 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

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verb

pothered; pothering ˈpä-t͟hə-riŋ How to pronounce pother (audio)
ˈpät͟h-riŋ

transitive verb

: to put into a pother

intransitive verb

: to be in a pother

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, 19 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1692, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pother was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Pother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pother. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pother

noun
poth·​er
ˈpät͟h-ər
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