Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun bother

2 senses of bother

Sense 1
fuss, trouble, bother, hassle -- (an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother")
       => perturbation, disturbance -- (activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption; "the term `distress' connotes some degree of perturbation and emotional upset"; "he looked around for the source of the disturbance"; "there was a disturbance of neural function")

Sense 2
annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass -- (something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "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")
       => negative stimulus -- (a stimulus with undesirable consequences)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb bother

6 senses of bother

Sense 1
trouble oneself, trouble, bother, inconvenience oneself -- (take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please")
       => strive, reach, strain -- (to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear")

Sense 2
annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil -- (cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves")
       => displease -- (give displeasure to)

Sense 3
trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, bother -- (to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but...")
       => affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch -- (have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?")

Sense 4
bother -- (intrude or enter uninvited; "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers")
       => intrude, irrupt -- (enter uninvited; "They intruded on our dinner party"; "She irrupted into our sitting room")

Sense 5
bother -- (make nervous or agitated; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster")
       => agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge up -- (cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks")

Sense 6
bother -- (make confused or perplexed or puzzled)
       => confuse, flurry, disconcert, put off -- (cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her")

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