both·​ered ˈbä-t͟hərd How to pronounce bothered (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Two volcanoes that get the interwebs all hot and bothered have made the news in the last week. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2014 The ever charming Mike Lane (Tatum) gets another chance at stardom with a little help from a wealthy socialite, played by Salma Hayek Pinault, who whisks him off to London to start a dance revue that will get everyone hot and bothered. Shannon Carlin, Time, 16 Dec. 2022 While this was just the Peltz Beckhams' first Thanksgiving as a married couple, Brooklyn wouldn't be too bothered if next year's expanded to include a baby. Valerie Nome, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 Armstrong's facial expression denote anger and frustration, while the cat looks equally as bothered and unenthused. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 According to Felstead, Billy does not seem too bothered about the whole ordeal. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2022 Scorching temperatures don't just leave people hot and bothered. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 Holmes didn't seem the least bit bothered by the heat wave in her cabin-chic ensemble. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 July 2022 The weather has got Brits so hot and bothered, poor heat management has become the latest criticism hurled at the nation's outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson -- this week held up as another example of the disgraced leader's failures. Angela Dewan, CNN, 19 July 2022 See More

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Word History


from past participle of bother entry 1

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bothered was in 1851

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“Bothered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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