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, hasslenoun

    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 assverb

    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 oneselfverb

    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, devilverb

    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, botherverb

    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

  6. botherverb

    intrude or enter uninvited

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

  7. botherverb

    make nervous or agitated

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

  8. botherverb

    make confused or perplexed or puzzled

Wiktionary

  1. bothernoun

    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. bothernoun

    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. botherverb

    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. botherverb

    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. botherverb

    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. botherinterjection

    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. Botherverb

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

  2. Botherverb

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

  3. Bothernoun

    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.]

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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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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. Erik Pevernagie:

    The more we are attentive and mindful, the more we can understand and show empathy. We need not, so therefore, bother about regret and remorse, later on. . ( “Island of regret. Island of remorse” )

  2. Denzel Washington:

    Well, there's a saying when the devil ignores you, then you know you're doing something wrong, you know, the devil goes,' Oh, no, leave him alone, he's my favorite. Don't bother him.' Conversely, when the devil comes at you, maybe it's because you're trying to do something right. And for whatever reason, the devil got a hold of that circumstance that night.

  3. Sabrina Swain:

    We were already aware of his countertop speeches, so we cleared the space and prepared in anticipation, it did not bother us at all.

  4. Mischa Barton:

    What happened gave me PTSD. In the years afterwards, cameras would bother me ; any noises that sounded like a shutter would give me a panic attack and make me extremely paranoid.

  5. Abdelwahab El Effendi:

    Voters didn't bother to vote or pay attention because they didn't see it as a real election, even for supporters of the government, it wasn't worth their while to go to a polling station because they knew who would win.

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Translations for bother

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  • يزعج, يضايقArabic
  • неприятности, безпокоя, грижи, дразня, безпокойство, досаждамBulgarian
  • molestarCatalan, Valencian
  • vaditCzech
  • belästigenGerman
  • molestar, cansón, agobiarSpanish
  • tülitama, vaevuma, tüütama, vaeva nägema, nuhtlus, tülinEstonian
  • häiriö, häiritä, vaiva, vaivataFinnish
  • embêter, bâdrer, daigner, gêner, zut, dérangerFrench
  • buair, sàraich, cuir dragh airScottish Gaelic
  • הטריח את עצמו, טרחה, הפריע, טרחHebrew
  • veszi a fáradságot, zaklat, zavarHungarian
  • menggangguIndonesian
  • vesen, vandamál, angra, mál, ergjaIcelandic
  • prendersi la briga, fastidio, incomodo, problema, infastidire, disturbare, confusione, trambusto, seccatura, preoccuparsi, agitazione, disturbarsiItalian
  • 邪魔Japanese
  • გაღიზიანებაGeorgian
  • traucētLatvian
  • whakapōnānāMāori
  • storen, moeite, moeite doenDutch
  • irritere, plage, kluss, gidde, forstyrre, bryNorwegian
  • niepokoić, naprzykrzać się, kłopotPolish
  • incomodarPortuguese
  • supăra, agitație, incomodare, deranj, deranja, îngrijorare, incomoda, necăjiRomanian
  • беспокоитьRussian
  • nadlegovátiSlovene
  • shqetësim, shqetësojAlbanian
  • idas, besvär, bry sig om, störaSwedish
  • canını sıkmak, rahatsız etmekTurkish
  • bezovta qilmoqUzbek
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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. tenebrous
    • B. bibulous
    • C. naiant
    • D. pecuniary

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