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[poth -er] /ˈpɒð ər/
commotion; uproar.
a heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do.
a choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust.
verb (used with or without object)
to worry; bother.
Origin of pother
First recorded in 1585-95; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • They could not understand what all the pother could be about.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • If you can give no help, spare drowning me with your pother.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • What on earth is going on or about to go on in this square inch of mountain land to make all the pother?

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Now, what is there about Rooney's to inspire all this pother?

  • Inside, the guard was snoring in defiance of the pother o'er his head.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • You have papered some of the walls; we can pother and putter about these for a change, can we not?

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • Those who derive bother from the English pother make a guess, and not a good one.

  • These rules they make such a pother about never seemed so vital to me.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • Let her have her way,” whispered Lucy, “she is but a child, and it will be better not to make a pother.

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But had their true condition here been known, that pother had been saved.

British Dictionary definitions for pother


a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc
to make or be troubled or upset
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pother

1590s, "disturbance, commotion," of unknown origin. Meaning "mental trouble" is from 1640s; verb sense of "to fluster" is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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