bother (third-person singular simple present bothers, present participle bothering, simple past and past participle bothered)
- (transitive) To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
- Would it bother you if I smoked?
- (intransitive) To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
- Why do I even bother to try?
- Henry James
- without bothering about it
- (intransitive) To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
- You didn't even bother to close the door.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive or the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs
to annoy, disturb
- Icelandic: ergja, angra
- Italian: disturbare (it), infastidire (it)
- Latvian: traucēt
- Maori: whakapōnānā
- Norwegian: forstyrre (no), plage (no), bry (no), irritere (no)
- Polish: niepokoić (pl), naprzykrzać się
- Portuguese: incomodar (pt)
- Romanian: deranja (ro), incomoda (ro), necăji (ro), supăra (ro)
- Russian: беспоко́ить (ru) (bespokóitʹ)
- Scottish Gaelic: sàraich, buair, cuir dragh air
- Slovene: nadlegováti
- Spanish: molestar (es), agobiar (es)
- Swedish: störa (sv)
- Turkish: rahatsız etmek (tr), canını sıkmak (tr)
- Uzbek: bezovta qilmoq
to do something which is of negligible inconvenience
bother (countable and uncountable, plural bothers)
- Fuss, ado.
- There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.
2015 January 18, Monty Munford, “What’s the point of carrying a mobile phone nowadays?”, in The Daily Telegraph:
- It was a 15-minute return trip to walk back home to pick up my device, but I weighed it up and decided that it wasn’t worth the bother.
- Trouble, inconvenience.
- Yes, I can do that for you - it's no bother.
- 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!"
mild expression of annoyance