View synonyms for unbothered


[ uhn-both-erd ]


  1. not experiencing mental or physical discomfort: He was unbothered about not being picked for the team.

    He was unbothered by the cold.

    He was unbothered about not being picked for the team.

  2. Slang. indifferent to criticism or negative comments; not annoyed or provoked: They swear they’re unbothered, but they care.

    She was unbothered by her many haters.

    They swear they’re unbothered, but they care.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unbothered1

First recorded in 1900–10; un- 1( def ) + bother ( def ) + -ed 2( def )
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Example Sentences

The app’s interface kept telling me it was working, but Bowie was just sniffing around like usual, unbothered.

If you’re not an Apple devotee, you’re unbothered by the lofty $279 price tag, and you’re looking for the best wireless earbuds, then Sony’s high-end option delivers on some rather lofty promises.

The breezes that chase each other across the meadows run unbothered through its rows.

Carter Kieboom, unbothered by the spotlight, is confident he can keep his third base jobThe best version of this team has Kieboom finding his way in the majors.

Carter Kieboom, unbothered by the spotlight, is confident he can keep his third base jobThen both the curve and slider clicked no matter who was up, and Scherzer won the Cy Young Award with Avila behind the plate.

We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.

But instead of reporting her discovery to authorities, she carried on using the car—unbothered, she told police, by the smell.

She seems unbothered by hair hang-ups, make-up issues, clothing crises.


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More About Unbothered

What does unbothered mean?

Unbothered means not experiencing any discomfort—physically, emotionally, or in another other way. If you’re unbothered, nothing is bothering you.

To be bothered by something is to be worried about it or to feel discomfort from it in some way.

Unbothered is especially used in the context of things that could hurt or bother a person but don’t, as in I’m unbothered by the pain, honestly—it’s the waiting that gets to me.

Unbothered is also commonly used in a more informal way to mean completely unaffected by or indifferent to a bad or difficult situation or poor treatment, such as criticism or negative comments. In this way, it means something like nonchalant, as in You seem so unbothered—how can you be so chill about it?

Unbothered can be followed by the source of the discomfort, as in He seems unbothered by the attention, or it can be used by itself, as in He seems completely unbothered. 

Example: Although Sarah desperately wanted the promotion, she did her best to seem unbothered when it was awarded to Jack.

Where does unbothered come from?

The first records of the word unbothered come from around 1900. The prefix un means “not.” Though the word bothered can be used as an adjective or as the past tense of the verb bother, unbothered is only ever used as an adjective.

When someone is described with the more informal sense of unbothered, it implies that they are remaining completely confident and carefree in spite of whatever nonsense is happening or being thrown their way. When someone is unbothered in this way, nothing gets to them. Insults bounce right off of them. Oh, you’re trying to get a rise out of them? They didn’t even notice. Because they’re unbothered.

Of course, while some people are truly unbothered by criticism or negative comments, others simply pretend to be unbothered so as not to encourage such treatment.

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How is unbothered used in real life?

Unbothered is usually used in a positive way in admiration of someone who’s able to keep it together despite a difficult situation, poor treatment, or pain.



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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of unbothered?

A. agitated
B. nonchalant
C. aloof
D. unconcerned