causing annoyance or worry; troublesome.

Origin of bothersome

First recorded in 1825–35; bother + -some1

Synonyms for bothersome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bothersome

Contemporary Examples of bothersome

Historical Examples of bothersome

  • "I am afraid it has been a bothersome business," he said gently.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • Steve did not take the trouble to ask himself these bothersome questions.

    Chums of the Camp Fire

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • Insects and fungi are the most bothersome pests on most plantations.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • It is that troublesome, bothersome, little verb be, which is so difficult to master.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • The bothersome consciousness of her own unworthiness overwhelmed her.

British Dictionary definitions for bothersome



causing bother; troublesome
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Word Origin and History for bothersome

1817, from bother + -some (1).

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