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Dictionary Definition

bother

Noun

1 an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother" [syn: fuss, trouble, hassle]
2 something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction" [syn: annoyance, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass]

Verb

1 take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please" [syn: trouble oneself, trouble, inconvenience oneself]
2 cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
3 to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..." [syn: trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode]
4 intrude or enter uninvited; "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
5 make nervous or agitated; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
6 make confused or perplexed or puzzled

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Possibly of origin.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To annoy, to disturb.
    Would it bother you if I smoked?
  2. To do something at one's own inconvenience
    Why do I even bother to try?
  3. To do something which is of negligible inconvenience
    You didn't even bother to close the door.

Synonyms

Translations

annoy, disturb

Noun

  1. Fuss, ado.
    There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.
  2. Trouble, inconvenience.
    Yes, I can do that for you - it's no bother.

Translations

fuss, ado
*Spanish: cansón
trouble, inconvenience

Interjection

  1. A mild expression of annoyance.
    • 1926, A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh, Methuen & Co., Ltd., Chapter 2 ...in which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place:
      "Oh, help!" said Pooh. "I'd better go back."
      "Oh, bother!" said Pooh. "I shall have to go on."
      "I can't do either!" said Pooh. "Oh, help and bother!"

Synonyms

Translations

Extensive Definition

Bother may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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