Definition of Bother

1. Noun. An angry disturbance. "A spot of bother"

Exact synonyms: Fuss, Hassle, Trouble
Generic synonyms: Disturbance, Perturbation
Derivative terms: Hassle

2. Verb. Take the trouble to do something; concern oneself. "Don't bother, please"
Exact synonyms: Inconvenience Oneself, Trouble, Trouble Oneself
Generic synonyms: Reach, Strain, Strive
Derivative terms: Trouble

3. Noun. Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness. "He's not a friend, he's an infliction"
Exact synonyms: Annoyance, Botheration, Infliction, Pain, Pain In The Ass, Pain In The Neck
Generic synonyms: Negative Stimulus
Specialized synonyms: Nuisance, Irritant, Thorn, Plague
Derivative terms: Pain

4. Verb. Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations. "The performance is likely to bother Sue"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

5. Verb. To cause inconvenience or discomfort to. "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

6. Verb. Intrude or enter uninvited. "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
Generic synonyms: Intrude, Irrupt

7. Verb. Make nervous or agitated. "The performance is likely to bother Sue"; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
Generic synonyms: Agitate, Charge, Charge Up, Commove, Excite, Rouse, Turn On
Derivative terms: Botheration, Botheration

8. Verb. Make confused or perplexed or puzzled. "The bad news will bother him"
Generic synonyms: Confuse, Disconcert, Flurry, Put Off

Definition of Bother

1. v. t. To annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See Pother.

2. v. i. To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.

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

Definition of Bother

1. Verb. (transitive) To annoy, to disturb, to irritate. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To do something at one's own inconvenience. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To do something which is of negligible inconvenience. ¹

4. Noun. Fuss, ado. ¹

5. Noun. Trouble, inconvenience. ¹

6. Interjection. A mild expression of annoyance. ¹

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Definition of Bother

1. to annoy [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: annoy

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Literary usage of Bother

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1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1890)
"A row, fuss, bother, a muddle. [Tortworth.] [S.] [SW] " What's the use of making such a ... To make a bustle, fuss or bother. Also to tell tales or gossip. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"spec, sorrow, misfortune, anxiety, fear. 2. In a loose sense referring to any degree, however slight, of discomfort or inconvenience: bother, ..."

3. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1803)
"bother. You took some blood, Sir, irom him ?— Which caused a tuber, ... My lord I wishes to be going, • bother. Stay, Mr. Chubb, speak out, sir, do, ..."

4. Alice-for-short: A Dichronism by William Frend De Morgan (1907)
"bother Lavinia Straker!" said he. "I know no Lavinia Straker," that being the signature of the applicant. Next morning he felt chilly and grown old. ..."

5. The Treasury of Knowledge and Library Reference by Samuel Maunder (1853)
"Don't bother me," or, do not annoy me at both ears; hence the corrupted word, bother. BUMPER. Bumper is a corruption of ban pere, good father, ie, the Pope, ..."

6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"Oh, Mathematics, they bother me to. " To lectura they sometimes compel me to ... Mathematics would ne'er again bother me so, Mathematics would ne'er again ..."

7. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1858)
"Why bother the head with unravelling the title of Owen Glendower to a yard and a-half of his neighbor's ground ? Fi- PARIS, December 24. ..."

8. The Life and Theatrical Times of Charles Kean, F.S.A. by Fanny Kemble, Kate Field, John William Cole (1882)
"worry, flurry, hurry, row, fuss, bustle, bother, dissipation, and distraction, that it is vain hoping to add anything intelligible to it. Good-bye, dearest. ..."

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