- 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 pothering
The remaining 361 days the sun is pothering around all over the shop.The Cruise of the Snark
Ferrers and Pothering, the head of Claremont's, were for the moderns.
The men like to have me pothering around, and I've discovered that one never really has a house unless he helps build it.The Shield of Silence
Harriet T. Comstock
There was nothing left for Pothering to say; the motion was then put before the House and the debate developed into a farce.
In a few moments I hear cries and yells and shouts, and a pothering and squabbling.
- a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
- a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc
- to make or be troubled or upset
C16: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for pothering
1590s, "disturbance, commotion," of unknown origin. Meaning "mental trouble" is from 1640s; verb sense of "to fluster" is attested from 1690s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper