1. [ verb ] take the trouble to do something; concern oneself;
Synonyms: trouble trouble_oneself inconvenience_oneself

"He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday" "Don't bother, please"

Related terms: strive trouble
2. [ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations
Synonyms: annoy irritate vex nettle devil get_at rile gravel nark get_to chafe rag

: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

Related terms: displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret chafe botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance
3. [ verb ] to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
Synonyms: trouble put_out disoblige discommode incommode inconvenience

: "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

Related terms: affect trouble botheration inconvenience inconvenience
4. [ verb ] make confused or perplexed or puzzled
Related terms: confuse
5. [ verb ] make nervous or agitated;

"The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"

Related terms: agitate
6. [ noun ] an angry disturbance
Synonyms: trouble hassle fuss

"he didn't want to make a fuss" "they had labor trouble" "a spot of bother"

Related terms: perturbation harass
7. [ verb ] intrude or enter uninvited

: "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"

Related terms: intrude
8. [ noun ] something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
Synonyms: nuisance pain botheration pain_in_the_neck pain_in_the_ass infliction annoyance

"washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer" "a bit of a bother" "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"

Related terms: negative_stimulus nuisance irritant common_nuisance plague abatable_nuisance private_nuisance mixed_nuisance attractive_nuisance annoy pain
Similar spelling:   Boyter