Bothered



to give trouble to; annoy; pester; 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.
Chiefly British. (used to express mild irritation.)
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Millennium Everett B. Cole
A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
Folkways William Graham Sumner
Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska Rockwell Kent

verb
(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: stop bothering your father!
(intransitive) to take the time or trouble; concern oneself: don’t bother to come with me
(transitive) to make (a person) alarmed or confused: the thought of her husband’s return clearly bothered her
noun
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)
interjection
(mainly Brit) an exclamation of slight annoyance
v.

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