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Meaning & Definition of Bother in English





1. An angry disturbance

  • "He didn't want to make a fuss"
  • "They had labor trouble"
  • "A spot of bother"
  • fuss,
  • trouble,
  • bother,
  • hassle

2. 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"
  • annoyance,
  • bother,
  • botheration,
  • pain,
  • infliction,
  • pain in the neck,
  • pain in the ass


1. Take the trouble to do something

  • Concern oneself
  • "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"
  • "Don't bother, please"
  • trouble oneself,
  • trouble,
  • bother,
  • inconvenience oneself

2. Cause annoyance in

  • Disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"
  • "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
  • annoy,
  • rag,
  • get to,
  • bother,
  • get at,
  • irritate,
  • rile,
  • nark,
  • nettle,
  • gravel,
  • vex,
  • chafe,
  • devil

3. To cause inconvenience or discomfort to

  • "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
  • trouble,
  • put out,
  • inconvenience,
  • disoblige,
  • discommode,
  • incommode,
  • bother

4. Intrude or enter uninvited

  • "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
  • bother

5. Make nervous or agitated

  • "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
  • bother

6. Make confused or perplexed or puzzled

  • bother

Examples of using

You're starting to bother me.
If you don't want to shit, don't bother your ass.
Just do it right away or don't even bother talking to me again.