What is the meaning of bother?


  • An angry disturbance.
    • usage: "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"
  • Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness.
    • usage: "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"


  • Take the trouble to do something; concern oneself.
    • usage: "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"
  • Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.
    • usage: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
  • To cause inconvenience or discomfort to.
    • usage: "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
  • Intrude or enter uninvited.
    • usage: "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
  • Make nervous or agitated.
    • usage: "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
  • Make confused or perplexed or puzzled. .
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APAWordNet. (2010). bother. Retrieved October 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/bother/definitions/1261356
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