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Meaning & Definition of Bother in English

English

Bother

/bɑðər/

noun

1. An angry disturbance

  • "He didn't want to make a fuss"
  • "They had labor trouble"
  • "A spot of bother"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • annoyance
  • ,
  • bother
  • ,
  • botheration
  • ,
  • pain
  • ,
  • infliction
  • ,
  • pain in the neck
  • ,
  • pain in the ass

verb

1. Take the trouble to do something

  • Concern oneself
  • "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"
  • "Don't bother, please"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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..."
    synonym:
  • trouble
  • ,
  • put out
  • ,
  • inconvenience
  • ,
  • disoblige
  • ,
  • discommode
  • ,
  • incommode
  • ,
  • bother

4. Intrude or enter uninvited

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

5. Make nervous or agitated

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

6. Make confused or perplexed or puzzled

    synonym:
  • bother

Examples of using

I hope to not bother.
I'm sorry to bother you again.
I'm sorry to bother you again.