• enPR: bŏʹ-thər, IPA: /ˈbɒðəɹ/
  • (AU) IPA: [ˈbɔðə(ɹ)]
  • (British) IPA: [ˈbɒðə(ɹ)]
  • (America) IPA: [ˈbɑðɚ]

bother (bothers, present participle bothering; past and past participle bothered)

  1. (transitive) To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
    Would it bother you if I smoked?
  2. (intransitive) To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
    Why do I even bother to try?
    • 1877, Henry James, The American (novel)
      To expand, without bothering about it — without shiftless timidity on one side, or loquacious eagerness on the other — to the full compass of what he would have called a "pleasant" experience, was Newman's most definite programme of life.
  3. (intransitive) To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
    You didn't even bother to close the door.
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  1. Fuss, ado.
    There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.
  2. Trouble, inconvenience.
    Yes, I can do that for you - it's no bother.
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  1. A mild expression of annoyance.
    • 1926, A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh, Methuen & Co., Ltd., Chapter 2 which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place:
      "Oh, help!" said Pooh. "I'd better go back."
      "Oh, bother!" said Pooh. "I shall have to go on."
      "I can't do either!" said Pooh. "Oh, help and bother!"
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