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  1. commotion; uproar.
  2. a heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do.
  3. a choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to worry; bother.
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Origin of pother

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for pothering

Historical Examples

  • The remaining 361 days the sun is pothering around all over the shop.

    The Cruise of the Snark

    Jack London

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pothering


  1. a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
  2. a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc
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  1. to make or be troubled or upset
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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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.

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