[ bov-er ]
/ ˈbɒv ər /

noun British Slang.

troublemaking or rowdiness by street gang youths.

Origin of bovver

1965–70; representing Cockney pronunciation of bother (noun), probably orig. as a euphemism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bovver

  • I want to show the presents Mr. Bovver has sent us from New York—one for each of us.

    Medoline Selwyn's Work|Mrs. J. J. Colter

British Dictionary definitions for bovver


/ (ˈbɒvə) /


British slang
  1. rowdiness, esp caused by gangs of teenage youths
  2. (as modifier)a bovver boy

Word Origin for bovver

C20: slang pronunciation of bother
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Word Origin and History for bovver


1969, Cockney pronunciation of bother "trouble" (q.v.), given wide extended usage in skinhead slang.

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