- 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.Medoline Selwyn's Work
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- British slang
- rowdiness, esp caused by gangs of teenage youths
- (as modifier)a bovver boy
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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