bovver

bovver

[bov-er]
noun British Slang.
troublemaking or rowdiness by street gang youths.

Origin:
1965–70; representing Cockney pronunciation of bother (noun), probably orig. as a euphemism

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bovver (ˈbɒvə)
 
n
slang (Brit)
 a.  rowdiness, esp caused by gangs of teenage youths
 b.  (as modifier): a bovver boy
 
[C20: slang pronunciation of bother]

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bovver
1969, Cockney pronunciation of bother "trouble" (q.v.), given wide extended usage in skinhead slang.
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