What does bother mean?

Definitions for bother
ˈbɒð ərboth·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bother.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fuss, trouble, bother, hassle(noun)

    an angry disturbance

    "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"

  2. annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass(verb)

    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"

  3. trouble oneself, trouble, bother, inconvenience oneself(verb)

    take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

    "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"

  4. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    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"

  5. trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, bother(verb)

    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

  6. bother(verb)

    intrude or enter uninvited

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

  7. bother(verb)

    make nervous or agitated

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

  8. bother(verb)

    make confused or perplexed or puzzled

Wiktionary

  1. bother(Noun)

    Fuss, ado.

    There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

  2. bother(Noun)

    Trouble, inconvenience.

    Yes, I can do that for you - it's no bother.

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

  3. bother(Verb)

    To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.

    Would it bother you if I smoked?

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

  4. bother(Verb)

    To do something at one's own inconvenience.

    Why do I even bother to try?

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

  5. bother(Verb)

    To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.

    You didn't even bother to close the door.

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

  6. bother(Interjection)

    A mild expression of annoyance.

    Etymology: From bauther, bather "to bother". Origin unknown. Perhaps related to pother "to make a stir or commotion, bustle", also of unknown origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bother(verb)

    to annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See Pother

  2. Bother(verb)

    to feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome

  3. Bother(noun)

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

Freebase

  1. Bother

    "Bother" is the second single from the alternative metal band Stone Sour's first album Stone Sour. It was originally released as a solo song by frontman Corey Taylor, but the billing was later changed to Stone Sour. The song was one of Stone Sour's first songs to put them into the mainstream. The cover features Taylor's hands and rings, one of them being a Spider-Man ring which is a reference to the song being featured on the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man and to Taylor being a fan of Spider-Man. The other has the number 8 on it, representing Taylor's number in Slipknot. Taylor has stated that the song is about when he moved back to Des Moines from Denver, where he hoped to try to move forward with his music.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bother

    both′ėr, v.t. to perplex or tease.—ns. Both′er; Botherā′tion.—adj. Both′ersome. [Murray notes that the word first appeared in the writings of Irish-born men, as Dr Sheridan, Swift, and Sterne. Perh. from Ir. buaidhirt, trouble.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bother' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1151

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bother' in Verbs Frequency: #464

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How to say bother in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bother in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bother in a Sentence

  1. Annette Funicello:

    I get down sometimes — I ’m not going to lie to you and say ‘ No, it does n’t bother me at all, ’ some days it does, when you think, ‘ Why me ? Why me ? I’ve never intentionally hurt anybody.' But there’s a reason. There’s a reason for everything. And maybe I can help others.

  2. Jamie Winterton:

    We're at a really important point in democracy where people are wondering if it works anymore, are these systems compromised to the point where I shouldn't bother participating anymore ? That's a really dangerous place to be. If people can go somewhere to see their vote counted, that helps restore some trust.

  3. Richard Windsor:

    Why would you bother having a tablet? That market would just evaporate overnight.

  4. Dineo Motlou:

    Why bother voting? I am not going to waste my time to vote because this election is all about Thabane and Metsing. It has nothing to do with what we want as voters.

  5. Cometan:

    Does it bother me that in my lifetime I’ll never get to travel to the furthest reaches of The Milky Way and beyond? Hell yes it does, although Jesse, The Philosophy, and the followers of The Philosophy will be there to see it on my behalf I hope.

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Translations for bother

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  • يضايق, يزعجArabic
  • досаждам, безпокойство, неприятности, грижи, безпокоя, дразняBulgarian
  • molestarCatalan, Valencian
  • vaditCzech
  • belästigenGerman
  • molestar, agobiar, cansónSpanish
  • vaeva nägema, vaevuma, tüütama, tülitama, tülin, nuhtlusEstonian
  • vaivata, vaiva, häiriö, häiritäFinnish
  • daigner, déranger, bâdrer, embêter, gêner, zutFrench
  • sàraich, buair, cuir dragh airScottish Gaelic
  • טרח, הפריע, הטריח את עצמו, טרחהHebrew
  • veszi a fáradságot, zaklat, zavarHungarian
  • menggangguIndonesian
  • vesen, angra, mál, ergja, vandamálIcelandic
  • prendersi la briga, seccatura, trambusto, problema, agitazione, disturbarsi, incomodo, confusione, preoccuparsi, disturbare, infastidire, fastidioItalian
  • 邪魔Japanese
  • გაღიზიანებაGeorgian
  • traucētLatvian
  • whakapōnānāMāori
  • storen, moeite doen, moeiteDutch
  • irritere, gidde, bry, kluss, forstyrre, plageNorwegian
  • kłopot, niepokoić, naprzykrzać sięPolish
  • incomodarPortuguese
  • agitație, necăji, incomoda, îngrijorare, deranja, deranj, incomodare, supăraRomanian
  • беспокоитьRussian
  • nadlegovátiSlovene
  • shqetësoj, shqetësimAlbanian
  • störa, bry sig om, besvär, idasSwedish
  • rahatsız etmek, canını sıkmakTurkish
  • bezovta qilmoqUzbek
  • Chinese

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