What to say to someone who is bothering you

1 to thrust oneself upon (another) without invitationI am never going to get this work done if people don't stop wandering into the room and bothering me2 to disturb the peace of m

What to say to someone who is bothering you

1 to thrust oneself upon (another) without invitation

  • I am never going to get this work done if people don't stop wandering into the room and bothering me2 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
  • it bothers me when obviously sick people go to movies and spend the whole time coughing and sneezing3 to experience concern or anxiety
  • just get the basic concept right and don't bother about the details4 to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy
  • the boss's cryptic message about changes to the company bothered me1 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • the whole household was in a bother, as our overnight guests were expected to arrive any minute2 one who is obnoxiously annoying
  • the woman next-door is such a botheralways dropping in at the most inopportune moments!3 something that is a source of irritation
  • returning damaged goods is a real bother4 the feeling of impatience or anger caused by another's repeated disagreeable acts
  • never let his personal bothers interfere with his responsibilities at workSee the Dictionary Definition

Frequently Asked Questions About bother

How does the verb bother differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of bother are annoy, irk, and vex. While all these words mean "to upset a person's composure," bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind.

don't bother me while I'm reading

In what contexts can annoy take the place of bother?

The words annoy and bother are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness.

their constant complaining annoys us

When can irk be used instead of bother?

Although the words irk and bother have much in common, irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit.

careless waste irks the boss

When is it sensible to use vex instead of bother?

The synonyms vex and bother are sometimes interchangeable, but vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety.

vexed by her son's failure to clean his room

Cite this Entry

Bother. Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bother. Accessed 28 Aug. 2022.MLA

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