Bother - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbɑːðər|  American pronunciation of the word bother
Brit.  |ˈbɒðə|  British pronunciation of the word bother


- an angry disturbance (syn: fuss, hassle, trouble)
a spot of bother
- something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness (syn: annoyance, botheration, infliction, pain)
a bit of a bother


- take the trouble to do something; concern oneself (syn: trouble)
Don't bother, please
- cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations (syn: annoy, chafe, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex)
Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
- to cause inconvenience or discomfort to (syn: discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble)
- intrude or enter uninvited
Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers
- make nervous or agitated
The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster
- make confused or perplexed or puzzled

Extra examples

He's so easygoing. Nothing seems to bother him.

Something he said at the meeting has been bothering me.

The entire car trip was filled with complaints like, “Mom, David keeps bothering me!” and “Will you tell him to quit bothering me?”.

Mother used to cook elaborate dinners, but with only herself to cook for, she doesn't bother anymore.

“Should I call later?” “No, don't bother.”

I'm not going to bother with the details.

Replacing the windows could be more of a bother than it's worth.

I know what a bother driving into the city can be this time of day.

“Sorry to bother you.” “That's okay, it's no bother at all.”

I considered replacing that part of the floor but decided it wasn't worth the bother.

He doesn't want the bother of filling out all those forms again.

Will you mail this for me? It will save me the bother of going to the post office.

We had a little bother with him at first.

Don't let him bother us with his nonsense.

Don't bother about the letters, they're not urgent.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bother
he/she/it: bothers
present participle: bothering
past tense: bothered
past participle: bothered
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