- to give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry: His baby sister bothered him for candy.
- to bewilder; confuse: His inability to understand the joke bothered him.
- to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself: Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
- something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying: Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
- effort, work, or worry: Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
- a worried or perplexed state: Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
- someone or something that bothers or annoys: My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
- Chiefly British. (used to express mild irritation.)
Origin of bother
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Examples from the Web for bothered
The speculation that the next Bond might be black has Rushbo all hot and bothered.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
“We are still very girly,” Jolly said, who is not bothered by the traditionally feminine nature of the trucks they drive.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Watt never did anything to regain his position, although it bothered him for the rest of his life.In 2005, ‘Iowa Nice’ Ernst Helped to Oust Veterans From Local Board After They Opposed Her Candidacy
October 13, 2014
I agree with all commentary that says this is not a scenario where most women want to be bothered with pressure to look sexy.Dita Von Teese, My Breasts Are All Yours
August 8, 2014
It was something that bothered me a little back then, but in retrospect it was one of the biggest mistakes of the original game.Video Games Go Wild for Reboots
July 6, 2014
Mrs. Beale remarked that it wasn't the heat that bothered us so, but the humidity.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was bothered, in a way, by the extreme mental caution of this fellow.Way of the Lawless
How it bothered them to do that last thing you may well suppose!
He had been bothered by no fine qualms about abandoning herself.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Before I was half through the dinner I wondered why I had bothered about him at all.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- (tr) to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritatehis bad leg is bothering him again
- (tr) to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pesterstop bothering your father!
- (intr) to take the time or trouble; concern oneselfdon't bother to come with me
- (tr) to make (a person) alarmed or confusedthe thought of her husband's return clearly bothered her
- a state of worry, trouble, or confusion
- a person or thing that causes fuss, trouble, or annoyance
- informal a disturbance or fight; trouble (esp in the phrase a spot of bother)
- mainly British an exclamation of slight annoyance
Word Origin and History for bothered
1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, because its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Irish bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Bothered; bothering. As a noun from 1803.