The word "bother" means to cause trouble or be a problem. It’s usually a verb. This is a good word to use when the problem is small:

  • I’m sorry, am I bothering you?
  • Let me ask this one question and then I’ll stop bothering you.
  • There’s a fly in here. It’s bothering us.
  • Perfume and cologne bother some people who have allergies.
  • Tom says his stomach is bothering him. (He has a pain or a physical problem in his stomach.)
  • I told the doctor my back has been bothering me lately.
  • The bright sunlight was bothering Rita, so she put on a pair of sunglasses.
  • The noise from the classroom next door bothered the students as they took their test.
  • Shirley is bothered by people who smoke around her.
  • Don’t bother me. I’m trying to take a nap.
  • Certain odors bother me.
  • The loud music coming from down the street is bothering me.

one man bothering anotherHey! Don’t bother me!

Sometimes the word "bother" is used as a noun:

  • It’s not a bother if you want to sit here and work on your laptop.
  • John hired a receptionist in order to eliminate the bother of having to answer phones himself.

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Published June 26, 2014.