- 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: earlier 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
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verb both·ered, both·er·ing, both·ers verb, transitive
- To disturb or anger, especially by minor irritations; annoy. See Synonyms at annoy.
- a. To make agitated or nervous; fluster.b. To make confused or perplexed; puzzle.
- To intrude on without invitation or warrant; disturb.
- To give trouble to: a back condition that bothers her constantly.
- To take the trouble; concern oneself.
- To cause trouble.
Origin: Probably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin.