[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. potestas,
  2. potful,
  3. pothead,
  4. pothecary,
  5. potheen,
  6. potherb,
  7. potholder,
  8. pothole,
  9. potholer,
  10. potholing

Origin of pother

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for pother


/ (ˈpɒðə) /


a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc


to make or be troubled or upset

Word Origin for pother

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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