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bother

[both -er] /ˈbɒð ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give trouble to; annoy; pester; worry:
His baby sister bothered him for candy.
2.
to bewilder; confuse:
His inability to understand the joke bothered him.
verb (used without object)
3.
to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself:
Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
noun
4.
something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying:
Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
5.
effort, work, or worry:
Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
6.
a worried or perplexed state:
Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
7.
someone or something that bothers or annoys:
My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
interjection
8.
Chiefly British. (used to express mild irritation.)
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; orig. Hiberno-English; probably by hypercorrection from bodder, an alternate early form; origin obscure
Related forms
unbothered, adjective
unbothering, adjective
Synonyms
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-bothering

bother

/ˈbɒðə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give annoyance, pain, or trouble to; irritate: his bad leg is bothering him again
2.
(transitive) to trouble (a person) by repeatedly disturbing; pester: stop bothering your father!
3.
(intransitive) to take the time or trouble; concern oneself: don't bother to come with me
4.
(transitive) to make (a person) alarmed or confused: the thought of her husband's return clearly bothered her
noun
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)
interjection
8.
(mainly Brit) an exclamation of slight annoyance
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Irish Gaelic bodhar deaf, vexed; compare Irish Gaelic buairim I vex
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Word Origin and History for un-bothering

bother

v.

1718, probably from Anglo-Irish pother, because its earliest use was by Irish writers Sheridan, Swift, Sterne. Perhaps from Irish bodhairim "I deafen." Related: Bothered; bothering. As a noun from 1803.

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