pother

[poth-er]
noun
1.
commotion; uproar.
2.
a heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do.
3.
a choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to worry; bother.

Origin:
1585–95; origin uncertain

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pother (ˈpɒðə)
 
n
1.  a commotion, fuss, or disturbance
2.  a choking cloud of smoke, dust, etc
 
vb
3.  to make or be troubled or upset
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

pother
c.1591, "disturbance, commotion," of unknown origin. Meaning "mental trouble" is from 1641; verb sense of "to fluster" is attested from 1692.
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Example sentences
Anyone who actually cares about learning can read my pother posts.
For one, the boys have put too much pother into a routine and obvious little yarn.
It is needless to dwell on the pother made about the missing manuscripts.
Repairs to swing sets or pother playground equipment accessory to a single family dwelling.
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