- to give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry: His baby sister bothered him for candy.
- to bewilder; confuse: His inability to understand the joke bothered him.
- to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself: Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
- something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying: Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
- effort, work, or worry: Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
- a worried or perplexed state: Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
- someone or something that bothers or annoys: My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
- Chiefly British. (used to express mild irritation.)
Origin of bother
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Examples from the Web for bothering
The argument also went that the lack of publicity would dissuade would-be hostage-takers from bothering to grab reporters.The Media Blackout on Hostages Helps ISIS
September 2, 2014
I think I had more of an artistic thing bouncing around and bothering me.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon
April 17, 2014
But by not bothering to run anyone, state Democratic parties remain enfeebled.Brooklyn’s Lazy Carpetbagger Sets His Sights on an Alaska Senate Seat
December 4, 2013
I am starting with a hunch, and that's why I'm bothering to ask the questions.When a Bomb Goes Off in Afghanistan
May 12, 2013
Her bra had been cut from her body, but whoever did it had only pulled up her shirt, not bothering to completely remove it.Why Retrying Amanda Knox Is Important
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 27, 2013
What was the use of bothering about the rebels as long as they did not wish to fire upon one?The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Don't neglect your eyes a moment if they are bothering you in the least.The Mayflower, January, 1905
I replied that the flies were bothering me—and we both fell silent.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
There, that serves you right, for bothering me, you silly thing!
"I was bothering my head about that, too, since you mention it," Rob announced.
- (tr) to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritatehis bad leg is bothering him again
- (tr) to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pesterstop bothering your father!
- (intr) to take the time or trouble; concern oneselfdon't bother to come with me
- (tr) to make (a person) alarmed or confusedthe thought of her husband's return clearly bothered her
- a state of worry, trouble, or confusion
- a person or thing that causes fuss, trouble, or annoyance
- informal a disturbance or fight; trouble (esp in the phrase a spot of bother)
- mainly British an exclamation of slight annoyance
Word Origin and History for bothering
1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, because its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Irish bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Bothered; bothering. As a noun from 1803.