Definition of


  1. (noun, event) an angry disturbance
    they had labor trouble
    a spot of bother
  2. (noun, cognition) something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    a bit of a bother
    he's not a friend, he's an infliction
  3. (verb, social) take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
    Don't bother, please
  4. (verb, emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
  5. (verb, social) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
  6. (verb, motion) intrude or enter uninvited
  7. (verb, emotion) make nervous or agitated
  8. (verb, emotion) make confused or perplexed or puzzled

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bother

  1. 1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, since its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Ir. bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Botheration (1797); bothersome (1834). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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