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Etymology

Possibly of Irish origin.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to bother

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bother (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To annoy, to disturb.
    Would it bother you if I smoked?
  2. (intransitive) To do something at one's own inconvenience
    Why do I even bother to try?
  3. (intransitive) To do something which is of negligible inconvenience
    You didn't even bother to close the door.

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Noun

Singular
bother

Plural
bothers

bother (bothers)
  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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Interjection

bother!

  1. A mild expression of annoyance.
    • 1926, A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh, Methuen & Co., Ltd., Chapter 2 ...in 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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