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v. both·ered, both·er·ing, both·ers
1. To cause to be irritated, especially by repeated acts; trouble or annoy: "I spoke French badly. So I always replied to him in English. This didn't bother him" (Paul Theroux). See Synonyms at annoy.
2. To make agitated or perplexed; upset: "Jerry could see ... how much the doctor had been bothered by the failure of the first surgery" (Rick Bass).
3. To intrude on without warrant or invitation; disturb: "When I saw him slumped in a chair, deep in thought, I decided not to bother him" (Pat Toomay).
4. To give discomfort or pain to: a back condition that bothers her constantly.
5. To take the trouble (to do something); concern oneself with (accomplishing something): "Most people [with the syndrome] have such mild symptoms that they never bother to see a doctor" (Jane E. Brody).
To take trouble; concern oneself: "old, hard-to-reach coal seams that were too complex or dangerous for other coal companies to bother with" (Jeff Goodell).
A cause or state of disturbance.
Used to express annoyance or mild irritation.

[Probably from dialectal bodder, possibly of Celtic origin.]
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He asked for it so often that he became a nuisance, and his aunt ended by telling him to help himself and quit bothering her.
And if you come here, bothering about your Bill, I'll make an example of both your Bill and you, and let him slip through my fingers.
I tell you the things are mine; and what I should like to know does a gentleman want bothering himself about a lady's petticoat!
I will tell you all about him when we meet; for I have no time to say anything now, as the girls are bothering me to go skating with them.
They worship us, and are always bothering us to do something for them.
Instead of bothering with bolts and bars for their dwellings, the red Martians simply run them up out of harm's way during the night.
In his life he had taken certain things for granted, never challeng- ing his belief in ultimate success, and bothering little about means and roads.
To expand, without bothering about it--without shiftless timidity on one side, or loquacious eagerness on the other--to the full compass of what he would have called a "pleasant" experience, was Newman's most definite programme of life.
He says, Why have you no disciples, and stop bothering him?
I have been thinking some of taking a teacher, but I am well acquainted with the grammar already, and teachers always keep you bothering over the verbs.
Tom was by way of being the strong, silent man with a career to think of and no time for bothering about girls, but he saw that.