Definition of bother in English:
- Apparently, no one cared enough about this old house to even bother with locking the door.
- You thought that some of the volunteers were too much trouble to bother with after you messed them about last year.
- Soon, nobody will bother with such outdated languages at all, especially after the Revolution comes.
- But the Gateshead Harrier, who finished sixth when he last competed at the championships in 1993, said the early start will not bother him.
- Steve Waugh, the Australian captain, commented that the margin of victory did not bother him.
- Part of the suspicion is of course because it's something that's a new way of doing things, and change always bothers some people.
- Carl and my sister Michelle never seemed too bothered about travelling.
- But many children in the city seem not much bothered about this year's school re-opening.
- I'm less bothered about my bus shelter now, though I would obviously prefer there to be a stop there so it would be more convenient to get a bus.
- The motorist felt that my time would be better spent booking the speeding students who were attending the college and not bothering him and inconveniencing him in his motor repairs.
- They managed this with no fuss and without interrupting or bothering us in any way.
- The inconvenience did not bother me nearly as much as the attitude with which I was treated.
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- They left to find another bus stop because they ‘didn't want any bother or trouble.’
- Getting rid of all the fuss and bother or hassle of looking after your contact lenses, it becomes part of the body and it's not an invasive procedure.
- He interviews himself, which does save a lot of bother.
- Isnt that uniform a bother to you, with people always coming up to you? my brother asked.
- So our old natures rebel and we let them know in subtle little ways that they are a bother.
- The black marks were a bother.
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late 17th century (as a noun in the dialect sense 'noise, chatter'): of Anglo-Irish origin; probably related to Irish bodhaire 'noise', bodhraim 'deafen, annoy'. The verb (originally dialect) meant 'confuse with noise' in the early 18th century.
can't be bothered (to do something)
- Be unwilling to make the effort needed to do something: they couldn’t be bothered to look it upMore example sentences
- Although they have everything going for them they can't be bothered to put in the necessary effort to help themselves to fulfil their potential.
- If you can't be bothered to imagine, let me tell you.
- I have split ends but can't be bothered to go get my hair cut.
hot and bothered
- In a state of anxiety or physical discomfort, especially as a result of being pressured: others struggle with bags and briefcases, looking hot and botheredMore example sentences
- He was cursing and yelling, but Jess was too hot and bothered to worry about it.
- As for spider cannibalism, this happens frequently, and usually under different circumstances: Males hot and bothered by comely females will venture forth for the chance to mate.
- If you're a squeamish sort, who doesn't get all hot and bothered by blood, guts and gore the way I do, then I strongly suggest you don't click on the link I'm about to show you.