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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pother
Historical Examples
  • Why, that here is a deal of pother about some foolish words.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • If you can give no help, spare drowning me with your pother.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • But the Poltroon with the white wig was not out of his pother yet.

  • Never was a man's life cut short with less solemnity or pother.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Now, what is there about Rooney's to inspire all this pother?

  • She dusted furiously, and in the midst of all the pother entered Mrs.

    The Light That Failed Rudyard Kipling
  • 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
  • What were they shouting, scolding, and making such a pother about?

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • They could not understand what all the pother could be about.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
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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