- The definition of a bother is a person or condition that causes worry or trouble.
An example of a bother is a missing cat.
- Bother is defined as annoy, worry, or cause discomfort.
- An example of bother is a little brother repeatedly pulling his sister's hair.
- An example of bother is the fan of a model finding out where they live and stalking them.
- An example of bother is an ingrown toe nail causing pain.
- to worry or trouble, esp. with petty annoyances; harass, pester, etc.
- to bewilder or fluster
- to cause discomfort to: her sore foot bothers her
- to disturb; interrupt
Origin of botherearlier bodder (in Jonathan Swift); probably Anglo-Irish for pother
- to take the time and trouble; concern oneself: don't bother to reply
- to make a fuss
- a cause or condition of worry or irritation; trouble; fuss
- a person who gives trouble
verbboth·ered, both·er·ing, both·ers
- To cause to be irritated, especially by repeated acts; trouble or annoy: “I spoke French badly. So I always replied to him in English. This didn't bother him” (Paul Theroux). See Synonyms at annoy.
- To make agitated or perplexed; upset: “Jerry could see &ellipsis; how much the doctor had been bothered by the failure of the first surgery” (Rick Bass).
- To intrude on without warrant or invitation; disturb: “When I saw him slumped in a chair, deep in thought, I decided not to bother him” (Pat Toomay).
- To give discomfort or pain to: a back condition that bothers her constantly.
- To take the trouble (to do something); concern oneself with (accomplishing something): “Most people [with the syndrome] have such mild symptoms that they never bother to see a doctor” (Jane E. Brody).
Origin of botherProbably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin.
(third-person singular simple present bothers, present participle bothering, simple past and past participle bothered)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive or the gerund (-ing).
(countable and uncountable, plural bothers)
- A mild expression of annoyance.
- be bothered