poth·​er | \ ˈpä-t͟hər How to pronounce pother (audio) \

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


pothered; pothering\ ˈpä-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce pothering (audio) , 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


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1692, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pother


origin unknown

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The first known use of pother was in 1591

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“Pother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pother. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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