1 annoy, pester, worry, irritate, trouble, hector, harass, hound, dog, nag, plague, needle, Colloq hassle; Slang US nudge:
I wish they'd stop bothering me about paying the telephone bill.
2 trouble (about), fuss (at), make a fuss (about), concern oneself (with), burden:
Too few people are interested in bothering about the welfare of others.
3 confuse, bewilder, perplex, perturb, upset, disconcert, discomfit:
She was increasingly bothered by her inability to understand the local language.
4 trouble, inconvenience:
Those pets must be a lot of bother.
5 worry, annoyance, vexation, nuisance, irritation, trouble, effort, disturbance, upset, Slang hassle:
Painting the lattice will be more bother than it's worth.
6 dither, flutter, Colloq tizzy, pet, stew, lather, sweat:
She seems to have worked herself into quite a bother about something quite insignificant.
7 pest, irritant, nag, nuisance, Colloq pain, pain in the neck or Brit taboo arse or US taboo ass; Slang US nudge:
Mother is such a bother, always asking if I wear my galoshes when it rains.
8 disturbance, to-do, ado, commotion, fuss, trouble, disorder, stir, hubbub:
We ran into a bit of bother at the pub last night.
VERB + BOTHER
I had a little bother finding your house.
| cause, give sb
Your little boy didn't give me any bother.
| go to
I wouldn't go to the bother of making the cakes myself.
| put sb to
I'd love to come and stay with you, but I don't want to put you to any bother.
| save sb
Getting a taxi will save you the bother of picking me up from the station.
a bit/a little/a lot/a spot of bother
He's in a spot of bother with the police.
| no bother
The children were no bother.
without any ~
We found the hotel without any bother.
| ~ to
I don't mind looking after your dog?it's no bother to me.
| ~ with
He's got a spot of bother with his eyes.
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