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bother

noun

  1. (perturbation)  an angry disturbance
    Synonyms: fuss, hassle, trouble. Type of: perturbation
  2. (negative stimulus)  something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    Synonyms: annoyance, botheration, infliction, nuisance, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck...

verb

  1. (strive)  to take the trouble to do something; to concern oneself
    Synonyms: inconvenience oneself, trouble, trouble oneself. Type of: strive
  2. (displease)  to cause annoyance in; to disturb, especially by minor irritations
    Synonyms: annoy, chafe, devil, fash [Scotland], get, get at, get to, get under one's skin, gravel,...
  3. (affect)  to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
    Synonyms: discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble. Type of: affect
  4. (intrude)  to intrude or enter uninvited
    Type of: intrude
  5. (agitate)  to make nervous or agitated
    Type of: agitate
  6. (confuse)  to make confused, perplexed, or puzzled
    Type of: confuse

Etymology summary

(as a noun in the dialect sense "noise, chatter"): of Anglo-Irish origin;...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

bother | irritate [synonym, sense-specific] | pester [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritate | [transitive] to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pester | [intransitive] ... (19 of 608 words, 8 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present] | someone can't be bothered | don't bother | I'm not bothered | sorry to bother you

[intransitive, negatives or questions] if you do not bother to do ... | [transitive] to annoy someone by interrupting them when they are busy or want ... (25 of 362 words, 7 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

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bother [noun] | it's no bother | no bother | a spot of bother

[uncountable] trouble or difficulty caused by doing something when this is annoying but not very serious | [singular] something or someone that causes ... (22 of 167 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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bother [British, outdated, interjection]

used when you are annoyed about something (7 of 11 words, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

bother | to do something | a bother | can't be bothered | hot and bothered

[intransitive, with negative] : take the trouble to do something | (of a circumstance or event) worry, disturb, or upset (someone) | [intransitive, ... (21 of 287 words, 10 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

bother [entry 1, verb] | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | irk [synonym, sense-specific] | pester [synonym, sense-specific] | bug [synonym, sense-specific] | chivy [synonym, sense-specific] | disturb [synonym, sense-specific] | intrude [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to annoy especially by petty provocation; "irk" | to intrude upon; "pester" | to cause to be somewhat anxious or concerned [often used ... (21 of 266 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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bother [entry 2, noun] | fuss [synonym, sense-specific] | ado [synonym, sense-specific] | alarums and excursions [synonym, sense-specific] | ballyhoo [synonym, sense-specific] | blather [synonym, sense-specific] | bluster [synonym, sense-specific] | bobbery [synonym, sense-specific] | commotion [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a state of petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry ; something that causes petty annoyance or worry | "fuss" (17 of 243 words, 2 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

bother

to give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry. | to bewilder; confuse. | to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself. | something troublesome, ... (20 of 120 words, 8 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present] | harries [3rd-person singular present, transitive] | harry [transitive] | harried [transitive, past tense] | harrying [transitive, present participle] | harass [transitive] | ...

[transitive] To annoy, to disturb, to irritate. | [intransitive] To do something at one's own inconvenience. | [intransitive] To do something which is of negligible inconvenience. | Fuss, ado. | Trouble, inconvenience. | A mild expression of annoyance. (33 of 113 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

bother [entry 1] | can't be bothered

to make the effort to do something | "can't be bothered": [British, informal] If you can't be bothered doing/to do something, you are too lazy or ... (25 of 107 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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bother [entry 2]

to make someone feel worried or upset (7 of 56 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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bother [entry 3]

to annoy or cause problems for someone (7 of 66 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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bother [entry 4]

trouble or problems (3 of 83 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bother 4

bother [entry 5, singular]

[British] an annoying person or an annoying piece of work (10 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bother 5

bother [entry 6, British, outdated]

used to express anger (4 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

To disturb or anger, especially by minor irritations; annoy. | To make agitated or nervous; fluster. | To make confused or perplexed; puzzle. | To ... (22 of 87 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

bother | botheration [informal]

to worry or trouble, especially with petty annoyances; harass, pester, etc. | to bewilder or fluster | to cause discomfort to | to disturb; interrupt ... (22 of 79 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bother

Wikipedia:

Bother [disambiguation]

may refer to: Bother (song), a 2003 song by Stone Sour | Bother! The Brain of Pooh, a one-man show (19 of 69 words, 2 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

bother | bothers [plural] | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle]

to take the time or trouble to do something (often used in negative statements) | to feel worried, anxious, or upset, or make somebody feel like this ... (26 of 315 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592019​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

bother | to do something | a bother

First use: late 17th century

Origin: (as a noun in the dialect sense "noise, chatter"): of Anglo-Irish origin; probably related to Irish bodhaire "noise", bodhraim "deafen, ... (23 of 37 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

bother

First use: 1718

Origin: probably from Anglo-Irish pother, since its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Irish bodhairim "I ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Scots bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to Scots pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

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Collins Dictionary:

bother

First use: 18th century

Origin: perhaps from Irish Gaelic bodhar deaf, vexed; compare Irish Gaelic buairim I vex

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New World Dictionary:

bother

Origin: earlier bodder (in Jonathan "Swift"); probably Anglo-Irish for "pother"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Probably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin.

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Merriam-Webster:

bother [entry 1, verb] | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle]

First use: 1728

Origin: unknown

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bother"

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Collins Dictionary:

bother

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bother"

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bother [noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bother"

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bother [British, outdated, interjection]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

bother | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle] | bothers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bother"

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bother [British, noun]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

bother [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bother"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bother"

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bother [entry 5, singular]

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the Free Dictionary:

bother

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Google Dictionary:

bother | bothers [plural] | bothered [past tense] | bothering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "bother"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bother

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YourDictionary Audio:

bother

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