WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2022
bother/ˈbɑðɚ/USA pronunciation v.
- to give trouble to:[~+object]Noise bothers me.
- [~+object] to bewilder;
confuse: His inability to get the joke bothered him.
- to worry;
distress: [It+~+object+that clause]It bothers me that no one told us the bus wouldn't show up.
- to take the trouble;
trouble or inconvenience oneself: [~+about/with+object][used with a negative word or phrase, or in questions]Don't bother with her; she's just a kid.[~+to+verb]Don't bother to call.[~+verb-ing]Should I bother finishing this book?
- something or someone troublesome:[uncountable][some bother with our neighbor that required us to call the police.]
- [uncountable] effort, work, or worry: Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
- a worried or perplexed state:[countable* usually singular]Don't get into such a bother!
- British TermsChiefly Brit. (used to express mild irritation):Oh bother! I've dropped my pen.Idioms
- can't be bothered, (used to emphasize that the action that follows is unnecessary):She can't be bothered drying all those dishes.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2022
bother (boᵺər),USA pronunciationv.t.
- to give trouble to;
worry:His baby sister bothered him for candy.
- to bewilder;
confuse:His inability to understand the joke bothered him.
- to take the trouble;
trouble or inconvenience oneself:Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
- something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying:Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
- effort, work, or worry:Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
- a worried or perplexed state:Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
- someone or something that bothers or annoys:My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.](used to express mild irritation.)
- 171020; origin, originally Hiberno-English; probably by hypercorrection from bodder, an alternate early form; origin, originally obscure
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged harass, vex, irritate; molest, disturb.
Bother, annoy, plague, tease imply persistent interference with one's comfort or peace of mind.
Bother suggests causing trouble or weariness or repeatedly interrupting in the midst of pressing duties.
To annoy is to vex or irritate by bothering.
Plague is a strong word, connoting unremitting annoyance and harassment.
To tease is to pester, as by long-continued whining and begging.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::bother /ˈbɒðə/ vb
- (transitive) to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritate: his bad leg is bothering him again
- (transitive) to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pester
- (intransitive) to take the time or trouble; concern oneself: don't bother to come with me
- (transitive) to make (a person) alarmed or confusedn
- a state of worry, trouble, or confusion
- a person or thing that causes fuss, trouble, or annoyance
- informal a disturbance or fight; trouble (esp in the phrase a spot of bother)interj
- chiefly Brit an exclamation of slight annoyanceEtymology: 18th Century: perhaps from Irish Gaelic bodhar deaf, vexed; compare Irish Gaelic buairim I vex
'bother' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):ado - ail - all - annoy - beleaguer - botheration - bothersome - bovver - bug - case - cocksure - conscience - cumbrance - discommode - distress - disturb - eat - falter - fuss - hair - hang - harass - hard time - hassle - incommode - irk - loser - molest - nettle - never - nuisance - perplex - persecute - pester - plague - pother - real - skin - spare - tease - trivial - trouble - wash - worry