Pronunciation: (bo&thslash;'ur), [key]
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.
to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself: Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
1. something troublesome, burdensome, or annoying: Doing the laundry every week can be a terrible bother.
2. effort, work, or worry: Gardening takes more bother than it's worth.
3. a worried or perplexed state: Don't get into such a bother about small matters.
4. someone or something that bothers or annoys: My cousin is a perpetual bother to me.
Chiefly Brit.(used to express mild irritation.)
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.