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Synonyms of bother in English:


  • 1 she had her own life and no one bothered her
    disturb, trouble, worry, inconvenience, put out, impose on, pester, badger, harass, molest, plague, beset, torment, nag, hound, dog, chivvy, harry, annoy, upset, irritate, vex, provoke, nettle, try someone's patience, make one's hackles rise
    informal hassle, bug, give someone a hard time, get in someone's hair, get on someone's case, get up someone's nose, rub up the wrong way, drive up the wall
    Northern English informal mither
    North American informal ride, devil
    Australian/New Zealand informal heavy
    New Zealand informal rark
    rare discommode
  • 2 the incident was too small to bother about
    concern oneself, trouble oneself, mind, care, worry oneself, burden oneself, occupy oneself, busy oneself;
    take the time, make the effort, go to trouble, inconvenience oneself
    informal give a damn, give a hoot, give a rap, give a hang
  • 3 there was something in her voice that bothered him
    worry, trouble, concern, perturb, disturb, disquiet, disconcert, unnerve, fret, upset, distress, alarm, make anxious, cause someone anxiety, work up, agitate, gnaw at, weigh down, lie heavy on
    [Antonyms] comfort
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  • 1 I don't want to put you to any bother
    trouble, effort, exertion, strain, inconvenience, fuss, bustle, hustle and bustle, disruption;
    informal hassle
  • 2 the food was such a bother to cook
    informal hassle, performance, pantomime, song and dance, headache, pain, pain in the neck, pain in the backside
    Scottish informal nyaff, skelf
    Australian/New Zealand informal nark
    vulgar slang pain in the arse/ass
  • 3 he went to sort out a spot of bother in the public bar
    disorder, fighting, trouble, ado, disturbance, agitation, commotion, uproar, furore, brouhaha, hubbub, hurly burly
    informal hoo-ha, ballyhoo, hoopla, rumpus, aggro, argy-bargy
    British informal kerfuffle
    New Zealand informal bobsy-die
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