Definition of bovver in English:


Line breaks: bov¦ver
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒvə


[mass noun, usually as modifier] British informal
  • Hooliganism or violent disorder, especially as caused by gangs of skinheads: a bovver boy
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    • This rough assumption brings other troubling implications in its wake, like cultural bovver boys.
    • He was no bovver boy and could have passed for a city gent: clean cut, camel coat, a product of his times.
    • Thanks to a mindless nucleus of bovver boys, they are loathed the length and breadth of Europe, and often beyond.


1960s: representing a cockney pronunciation of bother.

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