What does bother mean?

Definitions for bother
ˈbɒð ərboth·er

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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


  1. bothernoun

    Fuss, ado.

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

  2. bothernoun

    Trouble, inconvenience.

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

  3. botherverb

    To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.

    Would it bother you if I smoked?

  4. botherverb

    To do something at one's own inconvenience.

    Why do I even bother to try?

  5. botherverb

    To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.

    You didn't even bother to close the door.

  6. botherinterjection

    A mild expression of annoyance.

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


  1. Bother

    Don't Bother is a song performed by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her seventh studio album and second English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. The song was released on 4 October 2005, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Shakira, Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, and was produced by Shakira. "Don't Bother" is a rock-influenced song in which Shakira assures her former lover that she does not need his sympathy and can move on without him. Upon its release, "Don't Bother" received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Shakira's vocals but felt that the lyrics of the song were strange. Commercially, the track fared well on record charts, entering the top ten in countries including Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the song peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at number 25 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart. "Don't Bother" was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for digital downloads of 500,000 units. An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jaume de Laiguana, and features Shakira tormenting her former lover by crushing his car in a wrecking yard. For additional promotion, Shakira performed the song on a number of award and reality shows. It was also included in the setlist of her Oral Fixation Tour.


  1. bother

    Bother generally refers to causing annoyance, inconvenience, or worry to someone. It can also refer to the act of taking the effort or trouble to do something.

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


  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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  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. Mark Twain:

    Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

  2. Oprah Winfrey:

    That guy just cut right in front of me. But I'm not going to let it bother me. No. I'm on my way to work and I decided it doesn't matter who wants to cut in front of my lane today. I'm not going to let it bother me one bit. Once I get to work, find myself a parking space, if somebody wants to jump ahead of me and take it, I'm going to let them.

  3. Benjamin Jones:

    After all the years, it didn't bother me till about two years ago, i knew I had been cheated out of the recognition I should have gotten.

  4. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    I'd rather use the nuclear bomb...Does that bother you I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christ's sake. to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on escalating the Vietnam War

  5. Ashlan Cousteau:

    Whenever you’re in nature, be respectful. Don’t touch things. Don’t poke things. You’re just there to observe, be smart when you’re in the water and just remember the sharks aren’t there to bother you so just make sure you don’t bother them.

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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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    the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it
    • A. equity
    • B. troop
    • C. contribution
    • D. guts

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