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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
bother (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to annoy especially by petty provocation - irk
2.
to intrude upon - pester
3.
intransitive verb
to cause to be somewhat anxious or concerned - my stomach is bothering me often used interjectionally
1.
to become concerned - wouldn't bother with details
2.
to take pains take the trouble - never bothered to ask annoy
bother (noun)
1.
a) a state of petty discomfort, annoyance, or worry
b) something that causes petty annoyance or worry
2.
- fuss
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
bother (noun)
1.
a state of noisy, confused activity
SYNONIMS:
ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother, bustle, clatter, clutter, coil, corroboree, disturbance, do, foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha ( hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry ( hurry-skurry), kerfuffle, moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore, squall, stew, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo
RELATED WORDS:
cacophony, clamor, din, howl, hue and cry, noise, outcry, racket, roar; disorder, unrest, upheaval; eruption, flare-up, flurry, flutter, outbreak, outburst; brawl, fracas, fray, hassle, melee ( mêlée), scuffle; dither, fever, fret, lather, tizzy
NEAR ANTONYMS:
calm, hush, peace, quiet, quietude, rest, stillness, tranquillity ( tranquility); order, orderliness
bother (noun)
2.
one who is obnoxiously annoying
SYNONIMS:
annoyance, annoyer, bother, gadfly, gnawer, nudnik ( nudnick), pain, persecutor, pest, tease, teaser
RELATED WORDS:
headache; harrier, heckler, interrupter ( interruptor); hassle, plague; harasser, molester, tormentor ( tormenter), torturer
NEAR ANTONYMS:
charmer, smoothy ( smoothie); comforter, solacer, soother
bother (noun)
3.
something that is a source of irritation
SYNONIMS:
aggravation, aggro, bother, botheration, bugbear, exasperation, frustration, hair shirt, hassle, headache, inconvenience, irk, irritant, nuisance, peeve, pest, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexation
RELATED WORDS:
discomfort, fleabite, pinprick; affront, insult, offense ( offence); upset, worry; affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore; anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble; hang-up, pet peeve, problem; annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender; pandora's box
NEAR ANTONYMS:
delight, joy, pleasure
bother (noun)
4.
the feeling of impatience or anger caused by another's repeated disagreeable acts
SYNONIMS:
aggravation, aggro, bother, botheration, exasperation, frustration, grief, irritation, pip, vexation
RELATED WORDS:
agitation, discomfort, displeasure, distress, disturbance, upset; irritability, irritableness, peeve, perturbation, pet, pique, resentment, snappishness, trouble; anger, angriness, chafe, dander, dudgeon, gall, huff, indignation, irateness, ire, outrage, umbrage
NEAR ANTONYMS:
delight, pleasure
bother (verb)
1.
to thrust oneself upon (another) without invitation
SYNONIMS:
bug, chivy ( chivvy), disturb, intrude (upon), pester
RELATED WORDS:
inconvenience, trouble; aggravate, annoy, bedevil, chafe, devil, dog, dun, exasperate, fret, gall, get, gnaw, grate, hassle, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rankle, rasp, rile, roil, torment, vex, worry; beleaguer, beset, besiege; distress, plague; afflict, harass, provoke; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, inflame ( enflame), infuriate, madden, outrage; agitate, perturb; butt in, cut in (on), obtrude; encroach, infringe, invade, trespass
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disregard, forget, ignore, leave, slight; appease, conciliate, disarm, mollify, oblige, placate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; comfort, console, content
bother (verb)
2.
to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
SYNONIMS:
aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark, nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex
RELATED WORDS:
hassle, heckle; nag; inflame ( enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag ( ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage
NEAR ANTONYMS:
appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe
bother (verb)
3.
to experience concern or anxiety
SYNONIMS:
bother, fear, fret, fuss, stew, stress, sweat, trouble
RELATED WORDS:
agonize; long, pine, yearn; chafe; despair
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accept; abide, bear, endure, stick out, stomach, sustain, take, tolerate
bother (verb)
4.
to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy
SYNONIMS:
agitate, ail, alarm ( alarum), bother, concern, derail, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distemper, distract, distress, exercise, flurry, frazzle, freak (out), fuss, hagride, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, weird out, worry
RELATED WORDS:
aggravate, anger, annoy, bug, chafe, chivy ( chivvy), exasperate, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put off, put out, rile, vex; bedevil, haunt, plague; abash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, jar, mortify, nonplus, rattle, shake up; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerve
NEAR ANTONYMS:
allay, alleviate, assuage; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiate
calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize ( tranquillize)
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