To bother is to bother or bothersome. When you say that something is bothering you, you mean that it is making you anxious or uncomfortable.

  • The noise was bothering her so she asked the speaker to turn it down.

  • The noise was bothering me so I asked the speaker to turn it down.

Definition of bothering


To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.


To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.


To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.


The action of troubling or disturbing someone

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Example Sentences for bothering

  • 1

    It was the meanness that bothered me.

  • 2

    It is the imprecision that bothers me most.

  • 3

    The communists don't bother with such niceties.

  • 4

    The derision does not bother me.

  • 5

    The title for the college bothers me.

  • 6

    I'm bothered by the sentiment of the section on the withdrawal.

  • 7

    If citations to authorities are unavailing, then why bother

  • 8

    In the end they didn't even bother the boycott the election.

  • 9

    Or are you just going to format the floppy and not bother with the chord

  • 10

    Other guppies, though, cannot be bothered with all this flummery.