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[bov-er] /ˈbɒv ər/
noun, British Slang.
troublemaking or rowdiness by street gang youths.
Origin of bovver
1965-70; representing Cockney pronunciation of bother (noun), probably orig. as a euphemism Unabridged
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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 Mrs. J. J. Colter
British Dictionary definitions for bovver


(Brit, 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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