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[both -er-suh m] /ˈbɒð ər səm/
causing annoyance or worry; troublesome.
Origin of bothersome
1825-35; bother + -some1
annoying, irritating, irksome, vexing, vexatious, galling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bothersome
  • These beetles are especially bothersome on roses and peonies.
  • And if air quality problems in your area continue to be bothersome, consider picking up and moving.
  • It is bothersome to think of the possible benefits that your disclosed and continued work could have produced.
  • Airport security could be made less bothersome for low-risk travellers, but privacy concerns remain.
  • Certifications seem less bothersome because it is not implicit from many positions that certifications have been earned.
  • The problem for many is that reading from a computer screen all day can cause bothersome eyestrain.
  • They are painless but can be bothersome because you are so aware of the bumps in your mouth.
  • The story is laughably incoherent, which would be less bothersome if the movie were not also so unremittingly pretentious.
  • The bothersome thing about uranium and plutonium is that a little goes such a long way.
  • Pack plenty of bug repellent, as mosquitoes remain bothersome all summer long.
British Dictionary definitions for bothersome


causing bother; troublesome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bothersome

1817, from bother + -some (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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