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
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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

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
Otherwise why they are bothered about the species that were extinct million
  years ago.
What bothered me more than the inadequate fact checking was the general tenor
  of this article.
In his journal he wrote that he was not bothered by the residents' propensity
  for cannibalism.
It's only recently that anyone has bothered to study them.
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