Pronunciation: (bo&thslash;'ur),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. to take the trouble; trouble or inconvenience oneself: Don't bother to call. He has no time to bother with trifles.
—n. 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.
—interj. Chiefly Brit.(used to express mild irritation.)