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bovver

[bov-er]
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noun British Slang.
  1. troublemaking or rowdiness by street gang youths.

Origin of bovver

1965–70; representing Cockney pronunciation of bother (noun), probably orig. as a euphemism
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  • I want to show the presents Mr. Bovver has sent us from New York—one for each of us.

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British Dictionary definitions for bovver

bovver

noun
  1. British slang
    1. rowdiness, esp caused by gangs of teenage youths
    2. (as modifier)a bovver boy

Word Origin

C20: slang pronunciation of bother
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Word Origin and History for bovver

1969, Cockney pronunciation of bother "trouble" (q.v.), given wide extended usage in skinhead slang.

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