Definitions for: Bother


[n] something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
[n] an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"
[v] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
[v] make confused or perplexed or puzzled
[v] make nervous or agitated; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
[v] intrude or enter uninvited; "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
[v] take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"
[v] to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..."



Webster (1913) Definition: Both"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bothered (?); p. pr. &
vb. n. Bothering.] [Cf. Ir. buaidhirt trouble, buaidhrim I
vex.]
To annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See Pother.

Note: The imperative is sometimes used as an exclamation
mildly imprecatory.


Both"er, v. i.
To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be
troublesome.

Without bothering about it. --H. James.


Both"er, n.
One who, or that which, bothers; state of perplexity or
annoyance; embarrassment; worry; disturbance; petty trouble;
as, to be in a bother.

Synonyms: annoy, annoyance, botheration, chafe, devil, discommode, disoblige, fuss, get at, get to, gravel, hassle, incommode, inconvenience, inconvenience oneself, infliction, irritate, nark, nettle, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck, put out, rag, rile, trouble, trouble, trouble oneself, vex

See Also: affect, agitate, antagonise, antagonize, bear on, bear upon, beset, charge, charge up, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, commove, confuse, disconcert, displease, disturbance, eat into, excite, flurry, fret, get, grate, harass, harry, hassle, impact, intrude, irritant, irrupt, molest, negative stimulus, nuisance, peeve, perturbation, plague, plague, provoke, put off, rankle, reach, rouse, ruffle, strain, strive, thorn, touch, touch on, turn on

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