Word of the Day: bother

Word of the Day
April 21, 2016
bother (noun, verb)
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My husband's snoring really bothers me!
To bother means 'to annoy someone,' or 'to worry or disturb.' Bother also means 'to take the trouble to do something.' In this sense, it is usually used with a negative construction. As a noun, a bother is something that causes trouble or annoyance or something that needs a lot of effort. If we say that someone is a bother, it means that person is really annoying.

 

Example sentences
 
Stop bothering your sister; she's trying to do her homework!
The thought of her exam had been bothering Sarah all day.
John knocked on the boss's door and said "Sorry to bother you, but could you look at this report for me?"
Don't bother making any dinner for me; I'm going out tonight!
Could you help me with this, if it's not too much of a bother?
Thanks for looking after the kids for me today. I hope they weren't too much of a bother!

 

Multi-word forms
 
can't be bothered (mainly UK): be unwilling to make the effort to do something. Example: "I know I should clean the house more often, but I can't be bothered when there are so many more interesting things to do!"
(all) hot and bothered: angry, anxious, or excited. Example: "The boss tends to get hot and bothered whenever we have a big deadline coming up." The expression can also refer to someone being excited because they are attracted to someone else. Example: "Bill gets all hot and bothered whenever Ruth comes into the room."
no bother: no trouble. Example: "Thank you for giving me a ride to work while my car was being repaired." "That's OK; it was no bother!"
 
Other forms
 
bothersome (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Bother dates back to the early 18th century and was originally Hiberno-English; its precise origins are obscure, but it probably came from a hypercorrection of the word bodder, which was an alternate early form.
 
 
 
 
 
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