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Definition 1: something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for bother in the sense of this definition

(bother is a kind of ...) a stimulus with undesirable consequences

(... is a kind of bother ) (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive

(... is a kind of bother ) something that causes irritation and annoyance

"he's a thorn in my flesh"

(... is a kind of bother ) an annoyance

"those children are a damn plague"

Definition 2: an angry disturbance - [noun denoting event]

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he didn't want to make a fuss
  • they had labor trouble
  • a spot of bother

Synonyms for bother in the sense of this definition

(bother is a kind of ...) activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption

"the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset" "he looked around for the source of the disturbance" "there was a disturbance of neural function"

Definition 3: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations - [verb of emotion]

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
  • It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Synonyms for bother in the sense of this definition

(bother is a kind of ...) give displeasure to

(... is a kind of bother ) irritate

"Her childish behavior really get to me" "His lying really gets me"

(... is a kind of bother ) gnaw into; make resentful or angry

"The injustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

(... is a kind of bother ) cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

(... is a kind of bother ) trouble or vex

"ruffle somebody's composure"

(... is a kind of bother ) cause annoyance in

(... is a kind of bother ) annoy continually or chronically

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

(... is a kind of bother ) provoke the hostility of

"Don't antagonize your boss"

(bother has a similar meaning as ...) feel extreme irritation or anger

"He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

Definition 4: make confused or perplexed or puzzled - [verb of emotion]

(bother is a kind of ...) cause to feel embarrassment

"The constant attention of the young man confused her"

(bother has a similar meaning as ...) make nervous or agitated

"The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"

Definition 5: make nervous or agitated - [verb of emotion]

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster

(bother is a kind of ...) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

"The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"

(bother has a similar meaning as ...) make confused or perplexed or puzzled

Definition 6: intrude or enter uninvited - [verb of motion]

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers

(bother is a kind of ...) enter uninvited

"They intruded on our dinner party" "She irrupted into our sitting room"

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday
  • Don't bother, please

Synonyms for bother in the sense of this definition

(bother is a kind of ...) to exert much effort or energy

"straining our ears to hear"

Samples where bother or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Sorry to trouble you, but...

Synonyms for bother in the sense of this definition

(bother is a kind of ...) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

(... is a kind of bother ) bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship

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