verb (used with object)
to give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry: His baby sister bothered him for candy.
to bewilder; confuse: His inability to understand the joke bothered him.
verb (used without object)
to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself: Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying: Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
effort, work, or worry: Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
a worried or perplexed state: Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
someone or something that bothers or annoys: My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
Chiefly British. (used to express mild irritation.)

1710–20; orig. Hiberno-English; probably by hypercorrection from bodder, an alternate early form; origin obscure

unbothered, adjective
unbothering, adjective

1. harass, vex, irritate; molest, disturb. Bother, annoy, plague, tease imply persistent interference with one's comfort or peace of mind. Bother suggests causing trouble or weariness or repeatedly interrupting in the midst of pressing duties. To annoy is to vex or irritate by bothering. Plague is a strong word, connoting unremitting annoyance and harassment. To tease is to pester, as by long-continued whining and begging. Unabridged


one and the other; two together: He met both sisters. Both performances were canceled.
the one as well as the other: Both of us were going to the party.
alike; equally: He is both ready and willing.

1125–75; Middle English bothe, bathe, influenced by Scandinavian (compare Old Norse bāthir both; cognate with German, Dutch beide, Gothic ba tho skipa both (the) ships, Old High German bêde < *bai thai); replacing Middle English bo, ba, Old English bā; cognate with Gothic bai; akin to Latin ambō, Greek ámphō, Lithuanian abù, Sanskrit ubháu Unabridged
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both (bəʊθ)
1.  a.  the two; two considered together: both dogs were dirty
 b.  (as pronoun): both are to blame
2.  (coordinating) used preceding words, phrases, or clauses joined by and, used to emphasize that not just one, but also the other of the joined elements is included: both Ellen and Keith enjoyed the play; both new and exciting
[C12: from Old Norse bāthir; related to Old High German bēde, Latin ambō, Greek amphō]

bother (ˈbɒðə)
1.  (tr) to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritate: his bad leg is bothering him again
2.  (tr) to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pester: stop bothering your father!
3.  (intr) to take the time or trouble; concern oneself: don't bother to come with me
4.  (tr) to make (a person) alarmed or confused: the thought of her husband's return clearly bothered her
5.  a state of worry, trouble, or confusion
6.  a person or thing that causes fuss, trouble, or annoyance
7.  informal a disturbance or fight; trouble (esp in the phrase a spot of bother)
8.  chiefly (Brit) an exclamation of slight annoyance
[C18: perhaps from Irish Gaelic bodhar deaf, vexed; compare Irish Gaelic buairim I vex]

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Word Origin & History

there are several theories, all similar, and deriving the word from the tendency to say "both the." One is that it is O.E. begen (masc.) "both" (from P.Gmc. *ba, from PIE *bho "both") + -þ extended base. Another traces it to the P.Gmc. formula represented in O.E. by ba þa "both these," from
ba (feminine nominative and accusative of begen) + þa, nominative and accusative plural of se "that." A third traces it to O.N. baðir "both," from *bai thaiz "both the," from P.Gmc. *thaiz, third person plural pronoun. Cf. O.Fris. bethe, Du. beide, O.H.G. beide, Ger. beide, Goth. bajoþs.

1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, since its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Ir. bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Botheration (1797); bothersome (1834).
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Example sentences
It takes resources to digitize books, and some books are simply not worth the trouble for publishers to bother.
It doesn't bother me that they use the info to place targeted ads.
Why bother learning what you are doing when your co-workers will range from
  mediocre to down-right incompetent.
Why that should be is one of those questions that is so obvious that people
  rarely bother to ask it.
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