- commotion; uproar.
- a heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do.
- a choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust.
- to worry; bother.
Origin of pother
First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for pother
Why, that here is a deal of pother about some foolish words.The Strolling Saint
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.The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3
George Augustus Sala
Never was a man's life cut short with less solemnity or pother.The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Now, what is there about Rooney's to inspire all this pother?Strictly Business
- a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
- a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc
- to make or be troubled or upset
C16: of unknown origin
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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.
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