Meaning of BOTHER in English


I. ˈbäthə(r) verb

( bothered ; bothered ; bothering ˈbäth(ə)riŋ ; bothers )

Etymology: perhaps from Irish Gaelic bodhar deaf, bothered, annoyed, from Old Irish bodar; akin to Welsh byddar deaf and probably to Sanskrit badhira

transitive verb


a. : to put into a state of agitation : put into a flutter : cause to be nervous : fluster , excite

just the sight of him bothered her and set her heart beating

b. : to cause to be undecided, uneasy, or perplexed : puzzle , mystify

the complexities of life bothered him


a. : to annoy, anger, or upset especially by petty provocations : vex , irritate , irk

he would be … excessively bothered with details and complaints — Brian Crozier

b. : to intrude upon : force unwelcome attention or company on : pester , disturb

don't bother me while I'm taking my nap

they could hardly walk down the street without being bothered

c. : to cause to be mildly anxious or concerned : worry , trouble

rest and recovery from what's been bothering you — Richard Joseph

without bothering their heads about a lot of newfangled nonsense — Green Peyton

she didn't bother herself to lower her voice

d. : to cause to suffer mild discomfort

the sun did not bother him — Richard Sale

: give trouble to

his stomach's been bothering him

— sometimes used as a mild imprecation or interjection expressing annoyance, disagreement, or impatience

intransitive verb

1. : to feel mild concern or anxiety

she needed help, but they didn't bother about that

: become concerned or interested

I haven't time to bother with such things

: devote time, energy, or attention

2. : to take pains : take the trouble

don't bother to lock the door

he did not even bother to be polite — Fitzroy Maclean

3. : to stir up petty trouble : make a fuss

Synonyms: see annoy , worry

II. noun

( -s )


a. : a state of petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry

when scenery gets mixed up with our personal bothers all the virtue goes out of it — Edith Wharton

b. : something that causes petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry : troublesomeness , vexation

she valued his gifts by the bother they cost him — H.G.Wells

2. : unnecessary and vexatious fussing

all the bother of trying to follow this rule — Evelyn Barkins

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.