Synonyms of bother in English:


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1‘she had her own life and no one bothered her’

disturb, trouble, worry, inconvenience, put out, impose on, pester, badger, harass, molest, plague, beset, torment, nag, hound, dog, chivvy, harry, annoy, upset, irritate, vex, provoke, nettle, try someone's patience, make one's hackles rise
informal hassle, bug, give someone a hard time, get in someone's hair, get on someone's case, rub up the wrong way, drive up the wall
British informal get up someone's nose
North American informal ride, devil
Northern English informal mither
Australian, New Zealand informal heavy
New Zealand informal rark
rare discommode

2‘the incident was too small to bother about’

concern oneself, trouble oneself, mind, care, worry oneself, burden oneself, occupy oneself, busy oneself
take the time, make the effort, go to trouble, inconvenience oneself
informal give a damn, give a hoot, give a rap, give a hang

3‘there was something in her voice that bothered him’

worry, trouble, concern, perturb, disturb, disquiet, disconcert, unnerve, fret, upset, distress, alarm, make anxious, cause someone anxiety, work up, agitate, gnaw at, weigh down, lie heavy on
informal rattle, faze, discombobulate



1‘I don't want to put you to any bother’

trouble, effort, exertion, strain, inconvenience, fuss, bustle, hustle and bustle, disruption
informal hassle

2‘the food was such a bother to cook’

nuisance, pest, palaver, rigmarole, job, trial, tribulation, bind, bore, drag, inconvenience, difficulty, trouble, problem, irritation, annoyance, vexation
informal hassle, performance, pantomime, song and dance, headache, pain, pain in the neck, pain in the backside
Scottish informal nyaff, skelf
North American informal pain in the butt
Australian, New Zealand informal nark
British vulgar slang pain in the arse
North American vulgar slang pain in the ass

3‘he went to sort out a spot of bother in the public bar’

disorder, fighting, trouble, ado, disturbance, agitation, commotion, uproar, furore, brouhaha, hubbub, hurly burly
informal hoo-ha, ballyhoo, hoopla, rumpus, aggro, argy-bargy
British informal kerfuffle
New Zealand informal bobsy-die