bother

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bother cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
    • v bother make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    • v bother make nervous or agitated "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
    • v bother intrude or enter uninvited "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
    • v bother take the trouble to do something; concern oneself "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday","Don't bother, please"
    • v bother to cause inconvenience or discomfort to "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
    • n bother something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
    • n bother an angry disturbance "he didn't want to make a fuss","they had labor trouble","a spot of bother"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 25 percent of all male Americans between the ages of ten and fifteen were "gainfully employed" at the turn of the century. By 1970, so few in that age bracket were employed that the U.S. Census Bureau did not bother to make inquiries about them.
    • n Bother One who, or that which, bothers; state of perplexity or annoyance; embarrassment; worry; disturbance; petty trouble; as, to be in a bother .
    • v. t Bother To annoy; to trouble; to worry; to perplex. See Pother.☞ The imperative is sometimes used as an exclamation mildly imprecatory.
    • v. i Bother To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome. "Without bothering about it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pennies, plural, have value to most Americans. A penny, singular, does not. Almost half of Americans say they would not bother to bend over to pick up a penny on the street, but more than half of us report having stashes of pennies laying around the house.
    • bother To bewilder; confuse.
    • bother To give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry.
    • bother [Used in the imperative as an expression of impatience, or as a mild sort of execration.
    • bother Synonyms Pester, Worry, etc. See tease, v. t.
    • bother To trouble one's self; make many words or much ado: as, don't bother about that.
    • n bother Blarney; humbug; palaver.
    • n bother Trouble; vexation; plague: as, what a bother it is!
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Experiments conducted in Germany and at the University of Southampton in England show that even mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers, and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by noise. The sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.
    • v.t Bother both′ėr to perplex or tease
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can reach. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries and predecessors; try to be better than yourself.”
  • Jack Welch
    Jack Welch
    “An overburdened, over-stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.”
  • Salvador Dali
    Salvador%20Dali
    “Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    Marquis%20De%20Sade
    “They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.”
  • Russell Hoban
    Russell Hoban
    “If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ir. buaidhirt, trouble, buaidhrim, I vex
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Murray notes that the word first appeared in the writings of Irish-born men, as Dr Sheridan, Swift, and Sterne. Perh. from Ir. buaidhirt, trouble.

Usage

In literature:

No one who was not deaf could have helped hearing such a distinct sound; but Lub could not see that any of his mates seemed bothered.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
But now don't you bother that head of yourn with such things.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Go on out to California, if you want to, but don't you bother us.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
Mike didn't even bother to acknowledge the existence of the punk behind him.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
That'll make you feel all right by morning, I know, 'cause that's the way we fix Grandpa up when his head bothers.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Take plenty of rope, but you needn't bother to take trees to swing it from.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Mr. Corsan: The squirrels bothered me last year.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
It bothered him in a remote sort of way.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
They didn't bother her.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
No rent to pay, no bills to meet, no bother of cooking and house keeping.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

"Needn't bother me,
Jolly well you know it;
Parceque je suis
Quartier Latin poet.
"Noctambule" by Robert W Service
"Won't be here much longer
To bother you so,
Would you bring me a drink of water,
Fo' I go?"
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
An' ex-cobbler Jackson.
Whose fist hath not wax on,
Since Kit, stuffed wi' bother;
Tramps leeter than leather.
"O'Connor's Michaelmas Goose" by Samuel Bamford
Silence reigned in Jerusalem,
Men became bothered in mind,
Questions were asked about Jesus,
To answer wise men declined.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Sages, curse me not. Why bother?
I am a mere cloud, full of fire.
I am a mere cloud. See me float.
I call to dreamers…Not to you!
""Mine is not a wisdom that would suit others,"" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
But a policeman captur'd the naughty boy,
And gave the goose to Smiggs,
And said he was greatly bother'd
By a set of juvenile prigs.
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Big Ben Not Bothered By Injury.
Nglish comic writing specializes in scrapes and escalations, mild spots of bother that turn into mounting catastrophes.
Runner-up finish bothers Ron Capps.
"The main difference between experts and savants ," he once told New Scientist magazine, "is that savants do things which most of us couldn't be bothered to get good at.".
When I announced I'd make some scones Out came the please-don't-bother groans Which in the past did not surprise For what I baked would never rise.
Conrad the Scrivener The senator just can't be bothered to pass a budget.
The challenge of going up against him didn't bother Wizards center Kevin Seraphin one bit.
I remember as kids summer heat never bothered us at all.
Don't bother citing the recent statistics to his catcher.
Which means the primary excuse for even bothering to stage the average opera is to set some soprano up to show off her pipes.
We rarely bother to ask where all this is headed.
Don't bother going to Amazon.com for a copy, though.
Too many people aren't paying attention and can't be bothered to vote, which allows sleazy opportunists to easily build fiefdoms.
If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year.
NEW YORK — The clock read 3:56 pm, although the players seated in the Yankees clubhouse never bothered to look up.
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In science:

However, Microsoft have not bothered to maintain it – one source states that it has not been revised since Excel 2.0 – and it can not represent all the style information used in later versions of Excel.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master
Another thing that bothered me were the references.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
We do not bother to change the symbol x if we decide to give t in milliseconds instead of in seconds.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
This is not bothering as long as the energy and momentum of the fragment are unknown in the experiment.
DRAGON: Monte Carlo generator of particle production from a fragmented fireball in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions
We don’t bother to write down the homogeneous equations.
An invitation to toric degenerations
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